HAYS – The TMP boys and girls basketball teams played host to the Phillipsburg Panthers Friday night at Al Billiger Fieldhouse as the Lady Monarchs looked to run their win streak to five in-a-row while the boys looked for the second straight win,
Girls: TMP 54, Phillipsburg 34
Emilee Lane recorded her first career double-double and Megan Hamel scored in double figures for the first time in her career lifting the Lady Monarchs to a 54-34 win over Phillipsburg.
Jillian Lowe postgame interview
Lane scored the first eight point of the game for the Monarchs as they build a 10-3 first quarter lead.
Phillipsburg’s Alexie Beach hit her second of six three pointers to open the second quarter and cut the TMP lead to just five at 11-6 but TMP’s Kyleigh Allen, Emily Schippers and Hamel hit three straight threes to put the Monarchs up 20-8 midway through the first half.
Their largest lead of the first half came at 12 after back-to-back fast break buckets from Allen put TMP 26-14. A Beach three pointer at the end of the first half cut TMP’s lead to just 26-17 at the break.
In the third quarter the Monarchs got back-to-back threes from Adell Riedel and Hamel to again lead by 12 and they continued to extend their lead on their way to the 54-34 win.
Lane finished with a team-high 14 points and 12 rebounds and Hamel and Allen each finished with 10 points as the Monarchs improved to 12-4 and 7-0 in the MCL.
Phillipsburg’s Alexi Beach scored a new season-high 24 to lead all scorers. The Panthers drop to 10-8 and 4-4 in the MCL.
Boys – Phillipsburg 61, TMP 50
In a rematch of the MCL tournament championship game Phillipsburg’s Trey and Ty Sides led the Panthers past the TMP Monarchs in a touch fought battle Friday 61-50.
Bill Meagher postgame interview
The Panthers opened the game on a 5-0 run and built a six point lead two different times in the first quarter before TMP closed within two at 14-12 before the Panthers hit back-to-back threes, including a Trey Sides three as time expired to put Phillipsburg up 20-12.
A little more than midway through the second quarter Phillipsburg built a 14-point lead at 29-15. But the Monarchs were able to close within five after Jared Mayers scored five straight points but Sides again scored as time expired, this time on an offense rebound and put-back to give Phillipsburg a 31-24 halftime lead.
In the second half Ryan Karlin and Lucas Lang hit back-to-back three pointers that pulled the Monarchs within one of Phillipsburg at 33-32 but that was as close of they would get as the Panthers built a 10-point lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter Phillipsburg built a 17-point lead before the Monarchs closed within 11 in the 61-50 loss.
The Monarchs had three players score in double figures led by Mayers and Karlin. Mayers also finished with a career-high seven blocks.
Trey Sides scored a game-high 18 points.
Phillipsburg improves to 15-2 and 8-0 in the MCL while TMP drops to 9-8 and 4-3 im the MCL.
The Monarchs travel to Great Bend on Tuesday.