Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Two former MSAA rivals clashed Friday night at Scott Community High School between the TMP-Marian Monarchs and the Scott City Beavers. Both teams would end up with one win each, as the Lady Monarchs hold off a late comeback attempt by the Beavers in a 51-49 win, while the Scott City boys blasted TMP 84-53.
TMP-Marian jumped out to a five-point lead, and ended up leading 20-15 after a high scoring first quarter. The Lady Beavers were the aggressor to begin the second quarter, scoring nine of the first 11 points of the second period and took a brief 24-22 lead with 4:36 remaining before half. That would soon be gone in a minute, as the Lady Monarchs used a 6-0 run of their own to take a 28-22 lead late in the first half, and ended up leading at the break 30-28. Both teams cooled off in the third quarter, as TMP extended their lead to 41-35 heading into the last period. Things would head up in the final eight minutes of play. After the Lady Monarchs led 44-35 with 6:21 remaining, Scott City scored eight straight, and pulled to within a point at 44-43 with 1:44 left. That would be the closest it would get, as the Lady Monarchs would put the game away at the foul line, and a costly turnover with a little over 30 seconds remaining would end a Lady Beaver comeback. Scott City (3-13) had a 24-point performance from Janessa Lowenthal, and 12 from Shanaya Hoeme. TMP-Marian (5-11) was paced by Heather Ruder’s 25 points, 15 in the first quarter, while Jenna Shuckman pitched in 12.
In the final game of the evening, the Scott City boys saw themselves in a battle early on with TMP-Marian. After a three all tie, Scott City went on a 10-2 run in the next three minutes, and led 22-9 after the opening quarter. Between the 2:01 mark of the first frame to the 5:32 mark of the second quarter, the Beavers put the game in doubt with a 17-0 run, on their way to a 43-21 halftime lead. Their biggest lead in the third quarter ended up at 31 points at 57-26, before the Monarchs used a 12-4 run to get to within 63-38. In the end, TMP would get no closer than 23. With 4:52 remaining, the Beavers hit the 30-point margin and forced a running clock, on their way to an 84-53 win. Scott City (15-1) had a four players in double figures, led by Drew Kite, who notched a career-best 29 points, while Trey O’Neil also had a career-high with 19, Joey Meyer 16 and Brett O’Neil added 11. TMP-Marian (6-10) was led by Cameron Fouts with 15, and Anthony Walters with 10.
Scott City will take on Great Bend on Saturday in a non-league matchup.