Offense coming to life for girls’ team
The Tonganoxie girls' basketball team might just be finding some offensive production.
Yes, the Chieftains are 1-4, but they made strides in the last two games. After starting 0-3, Tonganoxie defeated Lansing, 60-38 on Dec. 11. The 60 points were the Chieftains' highest total of the season. Senior Aimee Eisman accounted for 25 of those, making her the team leader in single-game scoring. Senior Andrea Korb also added 10 points.
Against undefeated Bonner Springs on Friday, THS had three players in double figures, the first time this season that many players hit the double-figure mark in a game. Korb (18), Eisman (13) and fellow senior Keri Walker (10) all scored in double figures.
Bonner Springs (4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Huron League) held Tonganoxie to seven points after the first quarter and led 31-19 at the break.
THS coach Leslie Foster discussed the score with her team at halftime.
"I told them we had to continue to play defense and communicate better," Foster said. "We weren't out of the game by any means."
Foster's team responded.
The Chieftains outscored the Braves 31-29 in the second half, including a 20-point fourth quarter. THS also scored 20 fourth-quarter points against Lansing.
"I think we started out a little slow," Foster said. "Maybe three 5-foot-10 girls intimidated them at first and they didn't know how to react."
Tonganoxie played Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday. The Bobcats were 1-3 going into the contest at Tonganoxie. Results of that game will appear in next week's edition of The Mirror.
Junior varsity wins
The Tonganoxie junior varsity team defeated Bonner Springs on Friday. The Chieftains won, 39-23. Katie Jeannin was leading scorer with eight.
Tonganoxie 60, Lansing 38
Lansing 11 8 12 7 38
Tonganoxie 12 12 16 20 60
Lansing Goodlin 4, Sickinger 2, Hauver 2, Tarent 7, Stevenson 1, Goodin 7, DiSalvo 5, Craig 6, Vosilus 4.
Tonganoxie Jeannin 2, Seymour 5, Eisman 25, Stauch 8, Walker 8, Korb 10, Heim 2.
Bonner Springs 60, Tonganoxie 50
Bonner Springs 14 17 10 19 60
Tonganoxie 7 12 11 20 50
Bonner Springs McConico 7, Pinks 4, A. Davis 2, S. Davis 1, Berry 25, Stanbrough 16, Dill 5.
Tonganoxie Seymour 2, Eisman 13, Stauch 5, Walker 10, Korb 18, Reischman 2.