Reliable pace setting tonefor freshmen girls’ team
When the Chieftains match up against Pleasant Valley in the first round of Tonganoxie's freshmen girls basketball tournament today, they'll bring with them a 7-4 record and the confidence that comes with winning on the road.
Coach Ursula Kissinger said her team is playing solid basketball as it prepares to defend its home court.
On Friday, the Chieftains beat DeSoto, 31-18.
After starting out slowly, the team jumped out to a 19-10 first-half lead.
"We had a little trouble at first," Kissinger said, "but we settled down and did much better. The girls did a really good job."
After the break, the Chieftains put the clamps down defensively, holding the Wildcats to just eight second-half points.
Kelly Breuer led the team in scoring with eight. Sara Mages had seven, and Amanda Chenoweth scored six.
Kissinger said that besides playing well, her team was doing so at a reliable pace.
"Everybody's been playing consistent basketball the last several games," she said. "And everybody gets to play. That's why our high scorers don't get big numbers."
Teams attending Tonganoxie's tournament will be Mill Valley, Basehor-Linwood, Baldwin, DeSoto, Lansing, Perry-Lecompton, Pleasant Valley and Tonganoxie.
The tournament begins today. Second- round games will be played Feb. 14. Third-round games will be played Feb. 17.
Tonganoxie's first-round game against Pleasant Valley begins at 5:15 p.m. today at Tonganoxie Junior High School.