Girls basketball playing in tournament
The DeSoto Town and Country Classic tournament will be a good test for the Tonganoxie girls basketball team. The girls didn't play last week, after winning three consecutive games to begin the new year.
John Lee, Tonganoxie girls basketball coach, is waiting to see which team shows up.
"We'll see," he said Monday. "If we pick up were we left off, we'll be fine."
The Chieftains played Lawrence's Free State High School Tuesday night. They play again today at 5 p.m. regardless of the outcome of that game.
Tonganoxie is the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Also on Tonganoxie's side of the bracket are Schlagle and Wyandotte. Sumner Academy, DeSoto, Maranatha and Harmon are the other teams in the tournament.
One thing that concerns Lee is the tougher competition Free State and other 5A teams are used to playing. To prepare the girls, he has a boys practice squad a strategy used by Pat Summit, the successful women's coach at Tennessee that scrimmages against the team.
Early in the season, the girls had trouble scoring on the boys, but the girls have improved, and the games have become more competitive.
The 5-4 (before Tuesday's game) Chieftains had 11 games remaining before substate. The team was averaging 48.3 points and allowing opponents to score 49.9 points.
Andrea Korb averages 10.3 points, and Jill Stauch averages 10.1. Stauch had the team high scoring effort with 19 points in a game. Deaven Workman had 16 points in a game, and Korb had 15 points in a game.
Tonganoxie made 35.2 percent of its two-point shots, 21.5 percent of its three point shots and 54.5 percent of its free throws.
Sara Poje had 15 assists, Workman had 14 and Korb had 17. The team averaged 10 assists a game.
Stauch and Korb led the Chieftains on the glass, grabbing 24 offensive rebounds and 29 defensive rebounds each. The team averaged 30.7 rebounds a game.
Defensively, Korb had 26 steals and 32 forced turnovers. Poje had 40 forced turnovers and 17 steals.