Chieftains see winning streak lapse
In a roller coaster week, Tonganoxie High School's boys basketball team extended its monthlong winning streak to six and then saw it ended there three days later.
In its first game of the week, the Chieftains (10-8, 7-7) beat Immaculata, 76-66, after exploding for 28 fourth quarter points.
Although the Chieftains finished the game red-hot, they began it ice-cold, scoring only 14 points and six baskets in its 19 first-quarter possessions.
The Chieftains then scored 20 points in the second to take a 34-33 lead going into the break.
The teams played even basketball in the third, and the score was 48-50 to start the final period.
The two teams continued to fight for control, and Tonganoxie trailed by three with six minutes remaining.
That's when Tonganoxie went on a 19-6 spurt to run away with the game.
Senior Scott Breuer led all scorers with 29 points, including 10 in the fourth. Senior Matt Needham had 12.
The win was second-year coach Mike Webb' first win over Immaculata.
"That was a hard-fought game. Immac came in ready to play," he said. "But we got good production from the bench they really contributed to the win."
But on Friday against Santa Fe Trail, the Chieftains lost 49-69, and for the first time this year, the Chieftains were never in the game, Webb said.
The Chieftains' 24 turnovers were nearly twice their season average. Their point production was down more than 20 points from their average, and the 20-point margin of defeat was the highest of the season.
"That's a game we choose to forget about," Webb said.
The team couldn't find an answer for Santa Fe Trail's press and were down 42-20 at halftime.
Tonganoxie played even with Santa Fe Trail after the break, and although the team fought hard, it could never cut into the lead.
"I told the kids after the game, 'I'm just as proud of you as I've been after every game this year,'" Webb said. "You just have games like that sometimes."
Breuer led the team with 17 points.
Webb said that Junior Gregg Burnett was the one player who turned in a complete game for the Chieftains.
He finished with eight points, going 3-3 from the field and 2-2 from the line.
The team practiced Monday and played its final home game of the season Tuesday against Piper.
The team plays at 7:30 p.m. today at Bonner Springs. Its final regular-season game will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley.
Sub-state begins Monday, and Webb said he was confident that the Chieftains' record would be good enough to earn the team a first-round home game.
Pairings will be announced today or Thursday.