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Palmyra girls basketball overcomes scoreless opening quarter to edge New Egypt in BCSL showdown

PALMYRA (N.J.) - The Palmyra High School girls basketball team refused to throw in the towel after being held scoreless in the first quarter of its latest outing.

Palmyra High School's Lauren Gilmore, left, and Cadence Anderson, right, combined for 19 of their team's 33 points in a 33-31 win over New Egypt on in Palmyra, New Jersey on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Chris Baker/Sports Network.

The Panthers found themselves looking at a 10-0 deficit against Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division foe New Egypt.

Palmyra's lone loss in divisional play came at the hands of the Warriors on December 22.

The Panthers left their second matchup with a 6-1 BCSL Patriot Division record after a 33-31 come-from-behind victory over New Egypt on Tuesday night. They improved their record to 12-3.

Palmyra trailed until it established a 20-17 advantage with 3:54 left in the third quarter. The lead was short-lived as the third quarter ended with both teams tied at 21-21.

The Warriors jumped out to a 28-26 lead early in the fourth quarter. Palmyra responded with a 7-0 run to build a five-point advantage with under a minute left in regulation and never looked back.

"The girls game out too fast for themselves," Palmyra coach Sean Brady said. "They tried to speed up the game without letting it come to them. I told them at halftime, 'we're going to slow the pace down and play our game.'

"I think we played great in the second half. Our defense was great and our offense was a lot better once we slowed ourselves down."

Palmyra guard Cadence Anderson tallied a team-best 10 points as teammate Lauren Gilmore added nine points and nine rebounds.

New Egypt's Payton Arnold led the Warriors with a game-high 17 points in the contest.

"It's relieving to avenge the loss to them earlier in the season," Anderson said. "This time around we played a lot better as a team and overall our execution was a lot cleaner."

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