PLAINVILLE — Avenging one of its losses from earlier this season, the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls’ basketball team jumped out early, then held off a late run for a 57-44 victory Saturday against previously unbeaten Hill City, the No. 4 ranked team in Class 2A.

The win wrapped up the championship for the Monarchs in the Mid-Continent League Tournament for the second straight year in a rematch of last season’s title game.

The Monarchs (10-2), helped by big nights for Megan Koenigsman, Kayla Vitztum and Madyson Koerner, pushed their lead to double digits by midway through the second quarter in a hot start, only to see Hill City (9-1) roar back to eventually make it a 3-point game in the fourth quarter.

But a big final-quarter 3-pointer by Koenigsman helped thwart the rally. With the score 44-39, Koenigsman fired from long range to extend the lead back to eight, and that led to an eventual double-digit lead again for the Monarchs, who then sealed the game at the free throw line.

Koenigsman finished with 19 points, while Vitztum finished with 18 and Koerner 16 in the effort. Hill City was led by 15 points for Amanda Conway.

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