TMP boys fall just short, girls roll
By AUSTIN COLBERT
For three and a half quarters on Friday, the Thomas More Prep-Marian boys' basketball team did nearly everything right against visiting Scott City, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 4A Division II.
But all it takes to lose to a team with three straight Class 3A state titles is a few bad possessions late in the game.
"Other than some glitches and some mistakes offensively in the last minute and a half, I think it would have gone right down to the last possession," TMP coach Joe Hertel said. "I'm really proud of the effort of the kids. I'm just frustrated because I felt like they did exactly what I wanted them to do and we still fell short."
Scott City (14-2) used an 8-0 run over the final three minutes to escape the upset-minded Monarchs 55-48 at the Hays High School gym.
The game, which was also TMP's homecoming, was played at HHS as construction continues at Al Billinger Fieldhouse to get the building up to fire code. The remainder of TMP's home games will be played at the Hays Middle School gym.
"I know regardless of the level of talent on either club that this game is always going to be a battle. In the last three or four years we haven't put up much of a fight," Hertel said of TMP's recent struggles against Scott City, including an 84-53 loss last season.
"We put so much energy into this game ... I guess that's why it's so disappointing."
TMP (7-7) matched the Beavers point-for-point most of the night, racing out to a 6-2 lead and led 28-25 at halftime. It wasn't until Scott City outscored TMP 17-10 in the third quarter the Monarchs started to show chinks in their armor.
TMP's greatest struggle came from the perimeter, where it was 0 for 12 from 3-point range. Despite this, neither team had held more than a four-point lead with less than three minutes to play.
A tough, interior basket by TMP's Ryan Mayorga gave the Monarchs a 46-45 lead with 3:09 remaining. That's when the TMP offense fell apart, being forced into numerous turnovers on consecutive possessions, most of which led to easy Scott City baskets.
TMP's one-point lead turned into a 53-46 deficit with 1:38 to play.
"The defense overplayed and got a couple of steals for the breakaways. That was probably the difference in it right there," Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil said.
"TMP played tough and we knew they would. Coach Hertel and I have had a long history together and kind of know each other as far as our schemes. It was tough. TMP played really well tonight."
The Monarchs managed only a pair of Cameron Fouts' free throws over the final three minutes as the Beavers ended the game on a 10-2 run.
Fouts led TMP with 14 points, while Kameron Schmidt added 10. Junior Trey O'Neil, son of coach Glenn O'Neil, led Scott City with 17 points. Three other Beaver players finished with 11 points, including junior Sloan Baker, brother of Wichita State University basketball player Ron Baker, who was in attendance.
"What I was trying to impress upon the kids, is they proved to me tonight that although they are teenagers they can assimilate a game plan and execute it to the letter," Hertel said. "They have proven to me that they can come to play. I wish we could bottle that level of intensity."
TMP will now play four games in five days, which includes two rescheduled games from earlier this month. The Monarchs will play at Ellinwood on Monday (a makeup game from Feb. 4), host Hoisington on Tuesday, host Larned on Thursday (a makeup game from Feb. 11), and travel to Plainville on Friday.
"I just hope we have enough gas in the tank for next week," Hertel said. "That's a concern. But it is what it is and we got to do the best we can."
All game times are 6 p.m. for the girls, boys' game to follow.
TMP girls roll over Scott City
Prior to Friday's game against Scott City, the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls' basketball team hadn't played since Jan. 30, a 50-45 win at Hoisington. The long layoff helped create a squad salivating for fresh competition.
"The girls were looking forward to playing. I think they were a little hungry to get on the court again," TMP coach Rose McFarland said. "They have been practicing hard. They are tired of playing against each other. They were ready to play against somebody else."
Led by 24 points from freshman Megan Koenigsman, TMP (5-9) made easy work of visiting Scott City 58-25 at the HHS gym. Koenigsman, who was one point off her career high, scored 16 of her points in less than five minutes to begin the third quarter.
"It wasn't all me. It was my team. We just came out there and we were ready," Koenigsman said. "We came out there and got going. Just the momentum got everyone going. We just had a good run there."
TMP led 10-0 over Scott City (2-14), which didn't get its first points until only 2:12 remained in the first quarter. The Monarchs' lead was 13-5 after a quarter and blossomed to 30-13 by halftime after a nine-point quarter from freshman Madyson Koerner.
"Madyson has been doing that all year," McFarland said. "She's been coming off the bench and sparking us and leading us. She just took it to them tonight so I was real proud of her. She is not only a good defensive player, but offensively she can pound the ball and she shoots well."
The third quarter belonged to Koenigsman, who made her first six shots from the field in the second half, including a trio of 3-pointers.
TMP took a 50-19 lead into the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock.
Koenigsman was the only player in double figures. Senior Samantha Younie joined Koerner with nine points. Scott City was led by Kelly Wycoff's nine points.
Scott City committed 24 turnovers, 16 of which came in the first half.
"It was fun. One time I looked out there and we had like four freshmen out there," McFarland said. "I thought everybody improved. Everybody stepped up. Inside (Samantha Younie) and Kaylor (Gottschalk) were doing a good job. We were looking to get the ball inside more tonight and they were looking to score more as well.
"We are playing more complete games now and that's what we want to do next week."
Scott City 55, TMP 48
SCOTT CITY (14-2)
Trey O'Neil 6-17 5-8 17, Brett Meyer 5-9 1-2 11, Sloan Baker 4-8 3-3 11, Dylan Hutchins 4-9 0-0 11, Strine 1-3 1-2 3, Pounds 1-3 0-0 2, Hess 0-0 0-0 0, Wells 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 10-15 55.
Cameron Fouts 4-8 6-8 14, Kameron Schmidt 3-11 4-4 10, Hoffman 4-12 0-0 8, Mayorga 4-5 0-1 8, Gottschalk 1-1 4-4 6, Schibi 1-1 0-0 2, Vitztum 0-1 0-0 0, Schippers 0-0 0-0 0, Megaffin 0-6 0-2 0. Totals 19-45 14-19 48.
Scott City 14 11 17 13 -- 55
TMP 12 16 10 10 -- 48
3-point goals -- TMP 0-12, Scott City 3-14 (Hutchins 3). Rebounds -- TMP 24, Scott City 20. Turnovers -- TMP 16, Scott City 15. Fouls -- TMP 17, Scott City 16. Fouled out -- none.
TMP 58, Scott City 25
SCOTT CITY (2-14)
Wycoff 4-12 0-0 9, Nickel 3-11 2-5 8, Latta 2-6 0-0 4, Yager 0-0 2-2 2, Goodman 1-1 0-0 2, Wilcoxson 0-5 0-0 0, Winderlin 0-1 0-0 0, Orr 0-2 0-0 0, Campbell 0-2 0-0 0, Wren 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-41 4-7 25.
Megan Koenigsman 9-15 2-2 24, Koerner 3-8 2-4 9, S. Younie 4-7 1-2 9, Zimmerman 2-5 0-0 4, Wellbrock 2-3 0-1 4, T. Younie 1-3 0-0 2, DeWitt 0-0 2-2 2, Pfeifer 1-6 0-0 2, Gottschalk 1-3 0-0 2, Veach 0-2 0-0 0, Applequist 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 7-11 58.
Scott City 5 8 6 6 -- 25
TMP 13 17 20 8 -- 58
3-point goals -- TMP 5 (Koenigsman 4), Scott City 1 (Wycoff). Rebounds -- TMP 21, Scott City 21. Turnovers -- TMP 16, Scott City 24. Fouls -- TMP 11, Scott City 10. Fouled out -- none.