Jan 08, 2020 3:55 AM

TMP basketball splits with Ellis

Posted Jan 08, 2020 3:55 AM

HAYS – The TMP-Marian Monarchs opened the 2020 portion of their schedule with a split of a pair of Mid-Continent League games Tuesday at Al Billinger Fieldhouse.

Girls: Ellis 52, TMP 46
The Ellis Railroaders outscored TMP 18-9 in the fourth quarter as they handed their first MCL regular season loss since 2015.

The Monarchs opened the game with a 2-0 lead but that was the only lead they would enjoy until the end of the third quarter. Down 2-0 Ellis outscored TMP 8-0.

Ellis built a six-point lead in the first half and extended it to 10 on different occasions in the third quarter. TMP was able to claw their way back into the game in the third quarter thanks to 10 points in the quarter from Adell Riedel.

A Riedel three pointer put TMP up 35-34 and led 39-34 early in the fourth quarter before Ellis rallied for the 52-46 win.

Riedel’s 17 lead all scorers. Ellis’ Grace Eck led three Railers in double-figures with 12 points.

Ellis improved the 5-2 and 2-1 in the MCL and TMP drops to 3-4 and 2-1 in the MCL.

The loss also ends TMP’s 37-game MCL regular season win streak.

Boys: TMP 55, Ellis 51
In the last two year the TMP and Ellis boys have delivered several extremely competitive games and Tuesday’s game did not disappoint with the Monarchs earning a 55-51 win.

The first half was a back and forth affair that saw several lead changes and four ties with Ellis’ five-point lead in the first quarter the largest lead for either team in the first half. A Ryan Stoeklein three pointer for TMP tied the game at 26.

Ellis was able to build a six-point third quarter lead before TMP closed the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 38-36 lead.

TMP led almost the entire way in the fourth quarter until a Daniel Eck hit a three pointer in the final minute to give Ellis a 51-50 lead. But down one TMP’s Jackson Schulte knocked down a deep jumper putting TMP up 52-51 and they made just enough free throws in the final seconds for the 55-51 win.

In that quarter tempers flared that resulted in a scrum at center court that resulted in Ellis’ Brady Frickey getting a technical foul. A second skirmish also resulted in a common foul called on TMP’s Carson Jacobs but cooler heads did prevail in the end as TMP earned the 55-51 win.

TMP’s Jackson Schulte scored a game-high 19 points and Zachary Eck led Ellis with 16.

TMP moves to 6-1 and have won six straight while Ellis drops to 5-2.

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Hays opens 2020 at Pratt with a split

Hays High opened the 2020 portion of their season with their first road trip of the year.  The destination Tuesday night was Pratt to take on the Greenbacks.


Pratt looked like they would blow Hays out of the gym in the first five minutes of the game starting the game on an 8-0 run and expanding the lead to 12-2.  Hays used a 9-2 run to get within three at 14-11 with less than a minute to go in the first quarter.  The Greenbacks powered their way back to a double digit advantage with a 10-1 run that had the Indians trailing 24-12 with 5:40 left to go in the second quarter.


Hays then slowed the Pratt offense down and by halftime forced their way back into the game down by seven at 26-19.

Hays started the third quarter on an 8-0 run to grab their first lead of the game.  The quarter finished as an 11-4 advantage for the Indians.  The final three point came from Maia Lummus as she hit a three pointer with ten seconds left before the quarter expired for a 3o all tie.

Lummus continued her hot shooting into the fourth quarter dialing up three more distance shots.  The last gave the Indians a 41-39 lead with 3:30 left.  Aleyia Ruder then took over the scoring with eight fourth quarter points.  The lead continued to swap hands between the two teams.  The final Ruder points, her 16th of the night, gave the Indians a 49-47 lead with :54 left in the game.

Pratt owned the final moments of the game as they outscore Hays 6-1 for a 53-50 victory.  Hays did have a chance to tie the score with 3.7 seconds remaining but made just one of two free throws.

Coach Kyle Porter

Aleyia Ruder led the team with 16 points and Maia Lummus scored 12.  The numbers were career highs for both players.

Hays falls to 1-4.  Pratt is 4-3.


Hays scored eight points in the first ninety seconds of the game and never looked back on their way to a 62-42 win.  Hays used a 12-0 run following Pratt's basket to control the game 20-2 and then 20-3 after the first quarter.

The score difference stayed between 18 and 22 points for most of the second and third quarter.  The Indians led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter.  


Hays put their shooting and athleticism on display in the first nine minutes of the game making eight of their first fourteen shots.  TJ Nunnery nailed down a one handed dunk in the first quarter and then a two handed alley-oop pass from Carson Kieffer.  

Nunnery led all scoring with 14.  Dylan Ruder and Dayln Schwarz each scored ten.

Coach Alex Hutchins

Hays improves to 3-2 on the year.  Pratt falls to 0-7.

Hays is home on Friday to open up Western Athletic Conference play with Liberal.