HOISINGTON – Ryan Karlin scored a career-high 28 points and the Monarchs made a season-high eight three pointers as they earned a 66-54 win over Hoisington Friday to advance to Saturday’s sub-state championship game.
Hoisington took a three-point lead a couple of time in the first quarter before the Monarchs tied the game at eight at the end of the first quarter.
In the second Hoisington used a three-point lead to take an 11-10 lead with 5:37 to play in the first-half, but that would be the last time they would have a lead in the game.
Down one, Ryan Karlin connected on his second of six three’s in the game to put TMP up 13-11 and they would never trail again.
After another Karlin three the Monarchs led 21-16 in the final second of the first-half when Bryce Seib stole the ball at mid-court and banked in a three-pointers to beat the buzzer that game TMP a 24-16 lead.
In the second-half Hoisington closed the game to four with 5:30 to play in the quarter when Karlin drained another three to put an end to the Cardinals run and put TMP up 30-23.
The Karlin three sparked a 17- 7 run that put TMP up 14 at the end of the third quarter at 44-30.
Karlin added his sixth three-pointer of the game to open the fourth quarter giving TMP a 17-point lead at 47-30.
Hoisington closed the game within 10 two times in the final minutes of the game but the Monarchs were able to hold on for the 66-54 win.
Karlin finished with a career-high 28 points and fellow senior Jared Mayers added 10 points.
Hoisington’s Mason Haxton led two in double-figures with 16 points.
The Monarchs improve to 12-11 and will take on Smoky Valley in Saturday afternoon’s sub-state championship game in Hoisington.
Smoky Valley, the five-seed, defeated the top-seed Phillipsburg 49-43 Friday.
Saturday’s championship games have been moved to 2 p.m. for the girls game and 3:30 p.m. for the boys because of the chance for winter weather impacting the region.