The Sacred Heart Ladies have had their issues with TMP over the last couple of seasons. Those issues reared their ugly heads once against this evening, as the Lady Monarchs handed the Lady Knights their third loss of the season.
It was a fast tempo, back and forth battle through one quarter with Sacred Heart leading at it’s conclusion 20-17. With the score 27-23 with 2:49 left in the half is when things would begin to go south for the Lady Knights. A 6-2 run to close the half for TMP had the teams locked at 29 all at the break.
A 9-2 run to open the second half saw the Lady Monarchs take the lead at 38-31 and never look back. TMP would go on to outscore Sacred Heart in the third quarter 25-11 and lead by 14 at 54-40. The Monarchs opened the fourth quarter on yet another extended scoring run as they put the game to bed, defeating Sacred Heart by a final score of 73-51.
Adell Riedel led all scorers with 17 points for TMP. Teammate Emilee Lane chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ally Cochran had 13 points in a losing effort for the Lady Knights with Teghan Slagle contributing 12 points. Sacred Heart falls to 6-3 on the season.
The boys contest ended up much like the girls, but with the home team coming out on the winning end as Sacred Heart extended their winning streak to seven straight games with a 57-34 win over TMP.
The Monarchs started the game on an 8-2 run, but were outscored the final 3:45 of the first quarter 12-2 as the Knights would lead after one 14-10. Sacred Heart would not relinquish the lead again, using a 7-0 run to begin the second quarter and leading 35-18 at halftime.
Sacred Heart would slow the tempo of the game considerably in the second half, with a commanding lead well in hand. The two teams would score 17 combined third quarter points, with the Knights leading at the end of three 46-24. The final eight minutes were back and forth, with numerous backup players seeing spot duty action, and Sacred heart secured a 57-34 victory.
Senior Charlie Skidmore had a season high 26 points for Sacred Heart. Ryan Karlin had 17 to lead all Monarchs scorers.
The Knights are now 7-2 on the season. Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday as they head on the road to take on NCAA rival Republic Co.