By JEREMY McGUIRE
Girls: Hutch Trinity 49, TMP 46
The TMP Lady Monarchs lost a heartbreaker to Hutch Trinity on Thursday night, 49-46. Trailing 23 to 14 at halftime, the Lady Monarchs hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter while allowing only three Celtic points and went to the fourth quarter tied at 26 points. Both teams would put up big numbers in the fourth but TMP fell short. The Lady Monarchs had a couple of opportunities late but two critical turnovers cost them a chance at attempting a game tying three pointer.
Megan Koenigsman was the lone Lady Monarch in double figures with 16 points. TMP begins 3A Sub-State play on Tuesday at Phillipsburg.
Boys: TMP 55, Hutch Trinity 50
The Hutch Trinity Celtics shot out of the gates against TMP by scoring the game’s first six points and didn’t look back for most of the first half. The Celtics led 14-6 after the first quarter and 31-24 at halftime. Their lead would grow to as many as 12 points in the third quarter when TMP started to push back. The Monarchs would cut the lead back to six at 42-36 going to quarter number four.
Hutch Trinity would quickly build the lead back to nine at 45-36 early in the fourth quarter and TMP would answer in a big way outscoring the Celtics 19 to five the rest of the way. Jordan Gottschalk finished with 16 points to lead the Monarchs. Sophomore Jared Vitztum would come off of the bench and score 15 points, including a three pointer with 1:22 left in the game to give TMP a 52-50 lead that they would never relinquish.
TMP is now 11-9 on the season and will host Norton in the first round of the Hoisington 3A Sub-State.
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