Friday night, the Lady Cardinals went 37-of-46 from the free throw line in an overtime win at Ellinwood. That game put a serious kink in the MCAA standings.
The Cardinal boys keep chugging along at 14-3 with two more wins in week nine. Tuesday, Hoisington outscored Victoria 33-13 in the middle quarters of a 55-46 win. Friday night, the Cards outscored Ellinwood 18-7 in the second quarter and 16-0 in the fourth quarter for a big 64-31 win. Senior Cody Stetler had another big game on Tuesday with 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting, 14 rebounds, and eight blocked shots. Anthony Broeder was the other player to reach double-figures with 11 points, and freshman Jacob Warnken added six points.
The Lady Cardinals fell to Victoria 49-44 but bounced back for a huge 69-63 overtime win against Ellinwood on Friday. In that game, Hoisington hit 36-of-46 free throws in the game, including 23-of-25 during a stretch at the end of regulation and start of overtime. There are now three teams with two losses in MCAA play. Jordin Greer had 15 points at the half and finished 15-of-18 from the line for 27 points. Mykela Riedl added 17 points, and freshman Rylie Koester sank 11-of-12 free throws to finish with 13 points. She hit her last nine tries from the line in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Lady Monarchs have won nine-straight league titles, including the last two MCAA titles. Don’t count them out yet. Tuesday, TMP downed Larned 52-37 to move to 3-2 in the league. With Ellinwood’s loss to Hoisington on Friday, three teams now have two losses. Friday, the Monarchs edged Scott City 51-49 to improve to 5-11 overall. Friday, TMP outscored the Beavers 31-22 in the first and third quarters combined, just holding on in the fourth quarter for a two-point win. Heather Ruder finished with 25 points, and Jenna Schuckman added 12 points.
The Monarch boys were able to get past Larned 69-63 before running into top-ranked Scott City, who dominated TMP 84-53. Tuesday, the Monarchs (6-10) used a 21-6 second quarter to lead 33-18 at the half. Larned nearly erased that lead in the third quarter but TMP used 26 points in the final frame to hang on for the win. Shane Zimmerman led a group of scorers with 16 points. Kameron Schmidt added 14 points, Cameron Fouts 13 points, and Kade Megaffin 11 points.
The Indian basketball squads took it easy in week 10, staying home and playing just one game. Tuesday night, the Larned boys fell to 3-12 overall with a 69-63 loss to TMP. The Lady Indians are 3-13 following a 52-37 loss to the Monarchs.
Trailing 33-18 at the half, the boys outscored TMP 24-10 in the third quarter to cut the gap to 43-42 with a quarter to play. Larned then scored 21 points but that was not enough as the Monarchs finished the game with 26 more points. Easton Palmer hit 7-of-15 three-point tries and led all scorers with 28 points. camryn Bryant added 13 points, and Brayden Smith scored 10 points. The Lady Indians trailed by just one point heading into the final quarter. TMP won the final eight minutes 18-4 to pull away. Tiara Diaz swished 4-of-9 three-point tries to pace the Indians with 16 points. Shay Shepherd added 11 points.
The Eagle basketball squads had an unsuccessful 0-4 combined week. Monday, the boys fell to Central Plains 72-46. Friday night, Ellinwood did not score in the final quarter of a 64-31 loss to Hoisington. In Tuesday’s loss, the Eagles fell behind 14-4 but eventually got back to within two at 18-16. Central Plains pulled back away to lead 60-41 at the end of three quarters. Tanner Swank and Derek Ward each scored 10 points in the loss. Kyle Blakeslee and Patrick Ringering each finished with nine points.
The Lady Eagles lost a key overtime battle to Hoisington on Friday after losing big to No. 6 Central Plains 66-47 on Monday. In Friday’s loss, Ellinwood used an early 13-0 run to lead 13-2. The teams went back-and-forth over the next two quarters, then Rachel Doll hit two threes late to help force overtime. In the end, free throws decided the game as Hoisington shot 46 times from the stripe compared to Ellinwood’s 16 attempts. Sophie Hayes scored 15 points in the loss, Doll finished with 13 points, Kelsea Ward added 11 points, and Tawny Arndt 10 points.