Chieftains beat Santa Fe Trail
Tonganoxie High School's girls basketball team (7-10) finished 1-1 on the week, losing a close one to Immaculata on Feb. 13, but recovering to beat league power Santa Fe Trail.
Coach Leslie Foster considers the week a success.
Beating Santa Fe Trail was one of her goals at the beginning of the season, and with sub-state just around the corner, the win couldn't have come at a better time for the Chieftains, who recently pulled out of a mid-season slump.
Against Immaculata, the Chieftains began running a new type of defense, and although the team lost 46-50, Foster said she was pleased with how her team played, especially on defense.
"The girls played with great intensity against Immac," Foster said. "It was close all the way."
Junior Andrea Korb led the chieftains in scoring with 18 points. Junior Aimee Eisman scored 14.
By Friday, the team had gotten the hang of the new defense, known only as "eleven," and showed just how good it could play, trouncing Santa Fe Trail, 47-22.
In the game, the Chieftains came out running, outscoring Santa Fe Trail 15-1 in the first, as the team's stifling defense forced several turnovers. The team easily converted them into layups.
The second quarter went much the same, and Tonganoxie took a 25-6 lead into the locker room.
Nothing Santa Fe Trail did after the break made much of a difference as the Lady Chieftains rolled to the 25-point victory.
"We had a lot of momentum coming off of the Immac game," Foster said. "We played with great intensity tonight."
She said she was especially pleased that this break-through game came Friday.
"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time the girls team has beaten Santa Fe Trail in the past 10 or 11 years."
The scoring in the game mostly was spread among four juniors. Andrea Korb had eight, Keri Walker scored nine and Alicia Stauch scored 10. Aimee Eisman led the team with 13.
Foster said juniors Jasmine McCaffrey and Jennifer Reischman were key contributors defensively.
She said that everybody contributed to the win.
"Our bench did a really good job staying in the game and encouraging the other girls," she said.
The team plays its final game before substate 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley.
Sub-state competition begins Feb. 26.