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Cowboys too much for Thomas Moore Prep

Jan. 28—The Abilene Cowboys used a suffocating defense to guide them to their most impressive win of the season over the Thomas Moore Prep Monarchs 72-21. With the victory, Abilene put behind them perhaps their most painful loss from a year ago, an overtime loss on the road against the Monarchs.

The Cowboys set the tone for the game early as they entirely shutout TMP from scoring in the first quarter. Abilene would lead 14-0 after the opening quarter. Tyler Holloway would open the game by taking advantage of his size inside and scoring the first three baskets of the game. Brax Fisher, Keaton Hargrave, and Stocton Timbrook would all also add baskets in the opening quarter.

The Monarchs would score their first points of the game early in the second quarter at the 7:20 mark. In all they would score nine points in the quarter. The Cowboys however would score 22 points, by six different players. Ian Crump would help set the tone, as he would score all six of his games points, by way of a pair of made three pointers. Timbrook and Holloway would each add another pair of baskets, along with Taygen Funston and Zach Miller who also helped contribute to the 36-9 halftime lead.

The Abilene defensive pressure would become intense throughout the third quarter. Multiple turnovers would lead to the biggest quarter of the game for the Cowboys. Abilene would score 27 points in the quarter led by Fisher and Hargrave who alone, each had double digits. The quarter would see a 46 point scoring differential, as the Cowboys would lead 63-17 after three quarters.

A running clock in the fourth quarter would see the Abilene team using mainly reserve players the entire quarter. Despite a lower scoring output, the Cowboys would still out score the Monarchs 9-4 in the quarter. Jackson Green, Levi Evans, and Zeb Schultze would account for all of the points for Abilene in the quarter, and finalize the 72-21 score.

"Our defense was impressive tonight, and set the tone for the entire game" said head coach Erik Graefe. "We were looking to get back into the swing of things,and just get back to work. We had a lot of guys really play well tonight. I'm happy about the level of intensity that they showed all game long."

The Cowboys had ten different players score in the game, led by Brax Fisher, Keaton Hargrave, and Tyler Holloway all in double digits.

Abilene now 9-2 on the season will begin a busy upcoming schedule next week, as they are scheduled to play on three nights beginning tonight at Wamego.

Scoring Summary:

Abilene 14 36 63 70

TMP 0 9 17 21 Abilene (9-2): Brax Fisher 16, Keaton Hargrave 14, Tyler Holloway 12, Stocton Timbrook 7, Ian Crump 6, Taygen Funston 5, Jackson Green 4, Zach Miller 3, Levi Evans 3, Zeb Schultze 2

TMP (5-10): Griffen Schumacher 8, Ian Nehls 4, Jacob Seib 3, Caden Dinkel 2, Ty Schmeidler 2, Arian Patel 2

JV Game:

Abilene 15 27 37 56

TMP 4 23 34 44

Abilene: Tyler Green 13, Thomas Keener 8, Levi Evans 7, Jackson Green 7, Jaxson Cuba 5, Canyn Taylor 4, Cole Veal 4, Zeb Schultze 2, Kash Hargrave 2, Bennett Altwegg

C-Team Game

( 2 quarters)

Abilene 7 17

TMP 12 20

Abilene: Jake Bartley 5, Mato Benoist 4, Wyatt Bathurst 2, Nolan Wilkens 2, Corbin Parson 2, Gabe Nichols 1, Bennett Altwegg 1