Girls’ first-round Sub-State game postponed
Lady Chieftains win final game of season
After losing in its first two games last week, Tonganoxie High School's girls basketball team caught fire on Friday at Mill Valley, beating the Jaguars 59-37 in its final regular season game.
The win pushed the Chieftains' record to 8-12.
"Any kind of win is good at this point in the season," said Coach Leslie Foster.
Especially as Tonganoxie prepares to face Perry-Lecompton tonight in its first-round Sub-State game.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday at Perry, but snow forced school to be cancelled, which meant that all athletic events were also cancelled.
On Friday against Mill Valley, the two teams played even through the first quarter, and Tonganoxie led 12-11 going into the second.
Which is where the Chieftains took off, with the offense scoring 16 points with the defense holding Mill Valley to just five second-quarter points.
The Chieftains were up 28-16 at intermission.
The third quarter went much as the second, with the Chieftains outscoring Mill Valley 15-7.
Tonganoxie then scored 16 points in the fourth to coast to the victory.
Junior Andrea Korb led the team with 18 points. Junior Aimee Eisman added 16.
On Feb. 20, in the team's first game of the week, the Chieftains traveled to Piper.
After battling back and forth the entire game, Piper edged the Chieftains, 54-48.
Korb led the team in scoring with a career-high 25 points.
Though her team didn't win, Foster said that it played well. She said the team's high-quality play in the game, especially on defense, helped start building momentum that it carried through to Mill Valley on Friday.
She said the team's make-up game the next day against Bonner Springs also helped build confidence even though the Chieftains lost that game as well.
Down at the half 21-15, and down by 11 points with five minutes left in the third, the Chieftains went on an 11-4 run to cut Bonner Springs' lead to 31-27 after three.
The Chieftains pulled the game to a one-basket deficit in the final period's opening moments on a basket by junior Alicia Stauch.
But Tonganoxie could get no closer, and lost the game, 39-46.
Despite finishing 1-2 on the week, Foster said the confidence the team built in its games should carry into the post season.
"The win (against Mill Valley) added to the momentum we've been building for the last four or five game," she said.
The Chieftains' first-round Sub-State game today at Perry-Lecompton begins at 7 p.m.