Chieftains efficiently slay Lions
Senior Night isn't until Friday, but it could have been one night last week, as three Tonganoxie seniors put on an offensive exhibition and controlled the game from start to finish.
On Feb. 6, three seniors Scott Breuer, Kyle Rodell and Matt Needham combined for 58 of Tonganoxie's points in its 81-51 victory over Lansing.
The Chieftains were in control the whole way, jumping out to a 25-9 lead after the first quarter. The Chieftains were up 43-27 after doubling Lansing in the second quarter.
Lansing came out strong in the third, outscoring the Chieftains, 16-15.
But if Lansing had a late-game run planned, that notion was quickly quashed as the Chieftains, behind strong team passing, repeatedly worked the ball inside for easy buckets.
Senior Matt Needham was the beneficiary of several inside looks, as he scored 12 of his career-high 27 points in the fourth. The team scored 23 points in the quarter.
"We played extremely well," Needham said. "I think we really came together as a team. The chemistry was really there."
Coach Mike Webb said the Chieftains did a good job controlling the ball, committing only 14 turnovers and getting 19 assists and several steals.
The team also shot lights-out, hitting on 58 percent of its 51 shots.
Webb said the seniors really stepped up for the game.
Needham shot 80 percent from the field, hit all three of his free-throw attempts, had six rebounds all offensive and two assists.
Senior point guard Kyle Rodell scored 11, going 3-4 from the field and 1-2 from three-point range. He also had two steals, two blocks, four rebounds and a team-high seven assists.
Senior forward Scott Breuer's day was much more interesting. In seventh hour the day of the game, Breuer was helping move a locker when he cut a two-inch-long gash on the back of his shooting hand.
"He just taped it up and played that way and scored 20 points," Webb said. "He just came out on fire."
The team's fourth senior, Mark Gepner, missed the game with a sprained ankle.
The team was also without junior forward Thomas Gilner, who was suspended from the game because of a violation of team rules.
Which meant, with two key players gone, everybody else had to step up their games.
And besides the seniors, the bench also did a good job, Webb said.
"We're starting to get production from off the bench," Webb said. " They're coming in with confidence and playing hard. They've been a big key in our last couple games."
The team's Senior Night game will be 7:30 p.m. Friday against Santa Fe Trail.
Tonganoxie 81, Lansing 51
Tonganoxie 25 18 15 23 81
Lansing 9 9 16 17 51
Tonganoxie Kyle Rodell 11, Jacob Walker 2, Jordan Glenn 1, Matt Needham 27, Matt Alexander 7, Bryan Gurss 12, Scott Breuer 20.
Lansing Deere 6, H. Martin 4, Jackson 8, B. Martin 2, Gorski 8, Haines 2, Morehead 3, McKee 18.