NORTON — For most teams, playing games away from your home floor can be daunting.
When a road stretch lasts for nearly half a month, things can go sour quickly.
But the Thomas More Prep-Marian basketball teams are nothing short of resilient on the road. That was evident Friday night in Norton, as the Monarchs swept the Bluejays by winning the girls’ game 54-42 and the boys’ game 69-29.
Neither Monarch team has played at Al Billinger Fieldhouse since Jan. 16, but the girls’ team got things started off on the right foot Friday in Norton.
TMP (13-2, 6-0) overcame a 13-11 deficit after the first quarter while building a 28-24 lead at halftime.
The third quarter proved to provide some much-needed distance as the Monarchs outscored the Bluejays 13-8.
Senior Kayla Vitztum led the way with 21 points for TMP, which remained perfect in Mid-Continent League regular season games.
Senior Aubrey Koenigsman also hit double figures with 14 points.
The TMP boys opened the game by leading 16-5 after the first quarter, then held Norton to only four points in the second quarter to take a 28-9 lead at halftime.
A 21-point third quarter all but sealed the victory and a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Four TMP players scored in double figures, led by senior Luke Ruder’s 14 points. Senior Michael Lager added 13, and senior Creighton Renz finished with 11. Another senior, David McFarland, notched 10.
The win kept the Monarchs perfect in MCL play (6-0) and improved TMP overall to 11-4.
TMP will be at Phillipsburg on Friday.