TMP teams sweep Hoisington
By AUSTIN COLBERT
HOISINGTON -- The Thomas More Prep-Marian boys' basketball team entered Thursday's game against Hoisington on a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinals, dating to the 2010-11 season when the MCAA was formed.
A lot of Hoisington's success against TMP -- or against anyone else -- stemmed from the success of 6-foot-9 center Cody Stetler, who now plays for Houston Baptist University. But without Stetler, TMP was finally able to break through with a 49-31 win at Hoisington, a first since the teams joined the MCAA.
"If you just hang in long enough you will get a chance to be on the winning side again," TMP coach Joe Hertel said. "It has been a long time. We never did beat Cody Stetler and he played varsity as a freshman. So that's at least four years. It's good to get back in the win column against Hoisington, particularly at their place."
TMP (7-6, 2-1 MCAA) used a dominant defense and 16-point game from junior guard Kameron Schmidt to roll by Hoisington (5-8, 1-3 MCAA), extending its current winning streak to three games and four out of its last five.
The Monarchs trailed 2-0 after a pair of Cardinal free throws but by the time the first quarter ended held a 16-6 lead, which included a 12-2 run and buzzer-beating 3-pointer by junior guard Max Megaffin.
TMP continued to lock down defensively in the second quarter and led 29-13 at halftime.
"The little first quarter spurt gave us a double-digit cushion and we managed to basically hold that throughout," Hertel said. "I am still a believer that you got to be able to play defense and rebound on the road or you're not going to have a chance. Even though the game, I felt, was ugly on the offensive end, we got it done in decent enough fashion on the other end."
TMP's largest lead came at 36-16 midway through the third quarter after the Monarchs went on an 8-0 run, including back to back layups by Schmidt off of Cardinal turnovers.
Hoisington got as close as 13 points in the fourth quarter but never really threatened.
TMP was held to just 41.8 percent (18 of 43) shooting for the game, considerably better than the 26.4 percent (9 of 34) Hoisington shot.
Schmidt was the only Monarch in double figures. Sophomore Jared Vitztum finished with nine points, while sophomore Peyton Hoffman and senior Ryan Mayorga each added seven.
Christopher Wright led Hoisington with 12 points.
"Things start shaking down now. Even though there is still a day left in January, this game, I basically refer to this game as the beginning of February basketball," Hertel said. "We want to tighten things up and get a little bit smoother, particularly on offense. I just thought we banged our heads against each other and didn't play very well on that end. But we still managed and we are going to move on to the next game."
TMP girls pull upset over Hoisington
The Thomas More Prep-Marian girls' basketball team played at the Trojan Classic in Hillsboro last week without many of its key players, which were in Washington D.C. with the high school to take part in March for Life. In that tournament, the Monarchs went 0-3 but played well considering their lack of depth.
But on Thursday at Hoisington, with a full roster once again and nearly a week to prepare for the Cardinals, TMP (4-9, 1-2 MCAA) was able to pull a 50-45 upset behind 18 points from freshman Megan Koenigsman.
"That was a fun game," TMP coach Rose McFarland said. "We had a few days to work on some things and get everybody back in the mix. So that was nice having those three days of practice."
Hoisington (7-6, 1-3 MCAA) trailed 14-13 after a quarter but opened the second with a 3-pointer from sophomore Rylie Koester to take a 16-14 lead. That's when TMP turned it on, using an 8-0 run to regain the lead. The Monarchs led 29-26 at halftime after Koester hit another 3-pointer in the final seconds of the quarter.
Koester had 10 of her 15 points at halftime and McFarland felt the Monarchs did a much better job of guarding her in the second half. But Hoisington's best player, 5-foot-7 senior Jordin Greer, was a more difficult task.
"I thought we did a good job defending Jordin," McFarland said.
"She is a really outstanding player. Early in the game we were trying to press them a little bit and she was getting ahead of us down the court. I thought our half court defense was pretty outstanding tonight, even though she had 20 points."
Greer scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and single-handedly kept Hoisington close. The Cardinals took a 32-29 lead after a 6-0 run to start the second half, but TMP closed the quarter with a run of its own and led 43-37 going to the fourth quarter.
Hoisington pulled within a point at 45-44 with 2:35 to play, but TMP was able to hold the Cardinals off from the free-throw line to get its first conference win.
"We held on but we hit our free throws at the end of the game and that was key," McFarland said. "Megan stepped up there and Melissa (Pfeifer) stepped up, knocked down some big free throws.
"I thought we made some good decisions tonight. I just felt the offense, it flowed better tonight."
Pfeifer finished with 11 points, the only Monarch in double figures after Koenigsman.
TMP will continue conference play Tuesday with a trip to Ellinwood, with the girls' game starting at 6 p.m., boys' game to follow. The teams met back on Dec. 20, a 74-47 win for the boys' and a 67-52 loss for the girls' in Hays.