Girls win two KVL matchups
The biggest opponent the Tonganoxie girls face this week is inactivity they don't return to competition until next week.
That is unfortunate because the girls are on a three-game winning streak after beating Perry-Lecompton and DeSoto.
Instead of playing this week, the girls are practicing and trying to avoid being distracted by the festivities surrounding the boys tournament being held here.
"I don't like it," said John Lee, Tonganoxie girls basketball coach of the layoff. "I wish there was a game in there."
Next season the Chieftains will play a game the week of the boys tournament. But this year they'll have to wait and see whether they'll be meeting Lawrence Free State High School or some other team in the Town and Country Tournament at DeSoto High School next week.
The Chieftains beat DeSoto Friday, 58-45. Other than a lull in the second quarter, the Chieftains played aggressively and dictated the tempo on offense and defense.
The Chieftains led 15-6 after the first quarter. Deaven Workman, Jill Stauch and Sara Poje hit baskets, extending the lead to 21-10 with about five minutes left in the second quarter.
Then the scoring drought hit. For the last five minutes of the half, Tonganoxie turned the ball over and missed shots while DeSoto crept back into the game.
"It's not that we took bad shots," Lee said. "It's just that we stopped shooting."
The halftime score was Tonganoxie 21, DeSoto 20.
Two Chieftains who didn't score much in the game provided the spark the team needed to win.
Workman and Keri Walker combined to limit the effectiveness of Tiffany Bernard. Bernard and Erica Francis lead the Wildcats.
"Our goal was to shut one of them down," Lee said.
Walker dogged Bernard all over the floor when DeSoto was on offense. And Workman drove to the basket when Tonganoxie was on offense, drawing three of Bernard's four fouls.
At 6:08 in the fourth quarter, Bernard committed her fourth foul, fouling Workman as she dribbled to the right side of the lane. During the next two minutes, while Bernard was on the bench, Tonganoxie scored eight unanswered points and extended its lead from 43-40 to 51-40.
Jill Stauch finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to forcing Bernard into foul trouble, Workman had four steals.
Tonganoxie beat Perry-Lecompton, 49-45, in a bruising match Tuesday.
"Tuesday night was the most physical game we've ever been in," Lee said.
Walker scored a varsity career high 14 points. Andrea Korb added eight rebounds, Marcy Dodge had nine steals, Alicia Stauch finished with six steals and Sarah Overbaugh had three blocks.
Perry-Lecompton made a run at the end of the game to close the gap, but it wasn't enough.
"We haven't blown anybody out yet, so I was happy with the win," Lee said.
The girls are now 5-4 overall and 3-3 in Kaw Valley League games.
Junior varsity notes
The junior varsity girls split games with Perry-Lecompton and DeSoto last week.
The Chieftains beat the Kaws, 42-40. Erin O'Brien led Tonganoxie with 10 points, and 10 Chieftains scored.
Friday, DeSoto beat Tonganoxie, 36-29. Laura Korb scored nine and Aimee Eisman scored eight.