Boys break even, girls lose going into holidays
Senior Bryan Gurss and sophomore Joe Calovich supplied Tonganoxie with scoring in two easy installments last week.
Playing at Basehor-Linwood on Dec. 18, Calovich exploded for 16 points in the first half, while Gurss had none. In the second half, Gurss scored 16, while Calovich had none. The 32 points helped the Chieftains beat the Bobcats, 55-47.
The win moved Tonganoxie to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the Kaw Valley League at the winter break.
"I think early on Basehor was keying a little bit on Gurss because he's our leading scorer," THS coach David Walker said. "That opened things up for Joe and he took advantage of it."
Tonganoxie jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and led 33-22 at the break.
Walker said his team started as it usually does fast.
"I thought we came out and put a lot of pressure on them quick," Walker said. "They were scrappy and hung in there, but we kept our composure."
BLHS dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the KVL.
The Chieftains had 10 players contribute scoring against the Bobcats. Sophomore Shane Howard added eight points, while senior Jordan Glenn chipped in four.
THS heads into the break in a good position after six games, Walker said.
"We feel comfortable simply because five out of those six were on the road," Walker said
Tonganoxie won't be in action until Jan. 4 when the club plays host to Santa Fe Trail. The Chargers are 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Basehor-Linwood girls 43, Tonganoxie 35
The Tonganoxie girls' basketball team didn't go into the holiday break with a warm, fuzzy feeling.
The Chieftains played Basehor-Linwood, an identical 1-4 team, on Dec. 17 and was tied at 10 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, though, THS could only muster two points, and the Bobcats broke out to a 26-12 halftime lead.
"Our press was working for us, but we could only run the press when we scored," said Leslie Foster, THS coach. "That took away from some of our momentum."
THS switched to a man-to-man in the second half and cut the lead to four at one point, but the Bobcats held on for the 43-35 win, dropping the Chieftains to 1-5 at the break.
"Basically what I told the girls on Wednesday is that we've got to just start over," Foster said. "It's basically a new year and we come back 0-0."
Things won't get easier in 2002. The Chieftains open with undefeated Santa Fe Trail on Jan. 4 and traditional power Piper on Jan. 8.