Boys .500 after week’s win, defeat
A week layoff after the Tonganoxie Invitational basketball tournament didn't help the Tonganoxie boys basketball team.
Shortened practices and the return of Kyle Rodell, who missed two games while competing at the state debate tournament, left the team out of sync and struggling.
At Basehor-Linwood, the Chieftains managed to win 54-52. The team appeared to have the game in hand before the Bobcats scored on eight unanswered free throws.
Trailing by one with about 26 seconds to go, the Chieftains needed late game heroics. Scott Breuer provided the necessary play, grabbing an offensive rebound, scoring, getting fouled on the play and connecting on the free throw.
Against Immaculata, the Chieftains looked defenseless. The Raiders won, 76-51.
"I was disappointed because I thought we would compete better than we did," said Coach Mike Webb.
The Raiders led by 25 at halftime after scoring 30 second-quarter points.
Despite a game plan designed to slow the explosive Immaculata offense, the Chieftains were unable to stay in the game.
"They have our number," Webb said.
The one consolation the team could take was the margin of victory the game was nine points closer than the December meeting between the Kaw Valley League rivals.
The Chieftains played Piper Tuesday.
The team plays Lansing Friday and at Santa Fe Trail next Tuesday.