Boys have even record with win, loss
Horsing around, taking the first shot available without running the offense, playground ball that's not how Mike Webb wants his Tonganoxie boys basketball team to play.
That sort of undisciplined play could translate to a quick exit from substate games in two weeks, a point Webb is trying to make to the Chieftains.
Friday against Lansing, despite having a double-digit lead for much of the game, Webb never felt comfortable. Instead, he sat on the edge of his seat or paced the sidelines as the Chieftains played well in a new defense but struggled against Lansing's press and on offense.
He was especially unhappy when Tonganoxie players failed to set up the offense late in the game, opting instead for a quick shot or one-on-one move.
The game, like the girls game earlier in the evening, was broken up by fouls. The teams committed 52 fouls.
"We were going fast, and they were going fast," Webb said. "The game just became physical."
The Chieftains are 8-8 after beating Lansing 74-59.
"Their press hurt us," Webb said.
At times, the Chieftains made mistakes, turning the ball over against the press. Lansing's talent, though, also contributed to the Chieftains difficulties. The Lions have a young team and rely on several sophomores to play.
"They're going to be extremely hard to deal with next year," Webb said.
The Chieftains lost to Piper, 51-44, earlier in the week.
With about three minutes to go, Tonganoxie trailed by only four points. A missed back door layup would have further cut the lead. But a Piper three point shot pretty much sealed the game.
The Chieftains played Santa Fe Trail Tuesday night.
"I'm concerned about them," Webb said. "We lost to them last time by 13."
The January loss was the fifth and final game of the Chieftains early-season losing skid a game which they followed with a five-game win streak.
The Chieftains play Friday at DeSoto, and Tuesday at Perry-Lecompton.