Hays, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–On Sweetheart night at Hays High School, the Thomas Moore Prep-Marian Monarchs and Scott City Beavers faced off in a non-league doubleheader. At the end of the night, both teams earned a victory. It was the Lady Monarchs taking the first game in a 55-24 rout, while the Beaver boys rallied for a 55-48 win in the night finale.
Going into the girls game, it looked like it would be a closely-contested game. Unfortunately for Scott City, it just wasn’t their night. TMP jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first minutes, and never looked back. The closest Scott City could get was at seven points, as the Lady Monarchs led 13-5 after one. They would close out the first half on a 12-4 run and lead 30-13 at the break. To begin the second half, TMP-Marian scored the first 18 points in the first four minutes of the quarter, ending any hope of a Lady Beaver comeback. Scott City (2-14) could only get to within 29 points after that run, as the Lady Monarchs picked up their second straight win. Leading the charge for TMP-Marian (5-9) was the 5-6 freshman Megan Koenigsman with 24 points. Scott City got nine from Kelly Wycoff and eight from Bailey Nickel.
The finale of the evening provided a close game that saw 10 ties and nine lead changes. TMP-Marian led by as many as four points, while Scott City built up a seven-point lead, which ended up being the final margin. The Beavers led 14-12 after the first quarter, after both teams traded the lead four different times and were tied three times. In the second quarter, it was the Monarchs turn to lead, as they lead the final 4:50 of the first half, while taking a 28-25 lead into intermission. After Scott City tied the game up, TMP put up the next four points, before the Beavers would put up one of their famous runs, this one a 7-0 run that would eventually put them in the lead for good. To begin the final period, both teams traded baskets early on, as Scott City (14-2) maintained their two to four-point lead. Thomas Moore-Prep had other things in mind though. After they took the lead at 46-45 with 3:35 remaining, the Beavers went on an 8-0 run in a little over a minute, which prove to be too much to overcome for the Monarchs. The teams would score two points each in the final 30 seconds, and Scott City ended the losing streak at one game. For Scott City, four players finished in double figures, led by Trey O’Neil’s 17 points, while Dylan Hutchins, Brett Meyer and Sloan Baker each had 11. TMP-Marian (7-7) got 14 points from Cameron Fouts and 10 from Kameron Schmidt.
Up next for Scott City is a home doubleheader against WAC foe Great Bend Saturday at 6:30 for the girls, and the boys afterward. TMP-Marian begins a four-game stretch in five days on Monday, as they visit Ellinwood.