HAYS – The TMP-Marian Monarchs took to the floor at Al Billinger Fieldhouse for the first time Friday night and they would not disappoint as they earned a doubleheader sweep of the rival Ellis.
Girls: TMP 56, Ellis 38
The TMP-Marian Lady Monarchs (7-1, 4-0 MCL) used a 16-0 run to end the first quarter and begin the second quarter and held Ellis (6-2, 2-2) in check in the second half on their way to a 56-38 win.
Coach Rose McFarland
The game opened with a pair of ties but with the game tied at four TMP’s Emilee Lane scored back-to-back field goals kick starting an 11-2 run to end the first quarter. They extended the run to 20-2 with nine straight to start the second quarter as they built a 24-6 lead.
Megan Hamel scored seven of her 10 points to end the first quarter and Sophia Balthazor added seven of the first nine in the second quarter as TMP lead 24-6 midway through the second. They built a 31-10 halftime lead.
In the third quarter the Monarchs led by as many as 25 at 40-15.
Ellis was able to cut the deficit to 40-24 with a 9-0 third quarter run. But TMP’s Kyleigh Allen scored four of her career-high 17 points as the Monarchs extended to lead to 47-24.
Ellis was able to close within 15 at the end of the third quarter.
Balthazor knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to open the fourth quarter as TMP took a 50-32 lead.
Ellis was able to cut the gap to 16 twice in the fourth quarter but the Monarchs were took much as they claimed the 56-38 win.
Allen led three in double-figures for TMP with 17 points. Balthazor added 13 and Hamel finished with 10 points.
Ellis’ Grace led all scorers with 21.
Boys: TMP 59, Ellis 56
Friday’s boys matchup was a game of runs that saw the Monarchs lead by as many as 10 in the second half and hold off Ellis for the 59-56 win.
Coach Bill Meagher
TMP (6-3, 3-1 MCL) came out firing on all cylinders and built a seven-point first quarter lead at 14-7 on a Hayden Brown three-pointer.
After an Ellis timeout the Railers answered with an 11-2 run to end the quarter as Daniel Eck dropped in a jumper at the buzzer to give Ellis the 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Jackson Schulte and Dylan Werth combined to score the first eight points of the second quarter and then Jace Wentling capped off the 10-0 run putting TMP up 26-18. But Ellis had an answer.
The Railers strung together a 10-2 run over the own tying the game at 28 before the Monarchs scored six straight.
The final field goal came on a Kade Harris steal and layup with one second left in the first half putting TMP up 36-28 at the break.
Werth scored back-to-back field goals opening the second half and Wentling added another bucket extending the lead to a game-high at 40-30 but Ellis wouldn’t go away.
Down 42-32 the Railers finished the third quarter and opened the fourth quarter on a 8-3 run to cut the TMP lead to 45-40.
The game got tight down the stretch as Ellis’ Brady Frickey knocked down four three pointers in the quarter, the last one cutting TMP’s lead to just one at 57-56 but TMP’s Lucas Lang sealed the game at the free throw line as TMP came away with the 59-56 win.
Werth recorded his third career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jackson Schulte scored in double-figures for the sixth time in seven games with 11 points.
Frickey led all scorers with 24 for Ellis.