Lansing lead too much for girls team to overcome
Despite coming back from a seven-point halftime deficit to tie the game in the fourth, the Chieftains were unable to withstand a late Lansing charge and lost Monday, 39-50.
In the game, a make-up of a snow cancellation, Tonganoxie High School's girls basketball team got off to a slow start, scoring four points in the opening quarter.
But Lansing also started cold, and the score was 4-4 with five minutes into the game when Lansing scored five straight points to end the first. Juniors Keri Walker and Aimee Eisman each had a field goal in the quarter.
Lansing continued to surge in the second, jumping out to an 18-8 lead with three minutes left in the half. Tonganoxie took a time out at that point, then outscored Lansing 8-5 to close out the half.
Erin Seymour led Tonganoxie's spurt, scoring four of her eight points on back-to-back long-range jumpers.
The score was 16-23 at the half. The Chieftains played better after the break, and had trimmed three points off Lansing's halftime lead by the end of the third.
"I just told them to start playing basketball," Coach Leslie Foster said. "And they woke up and started playing as a team."
The score was 31-35 at the start of the fourth, and Tonganoxie's strong team play continued into the fourth, with Seymour hitting a pair of free throws and Walker hitting a pair of jump shots, the second of which tied the game at 37.
But the Chieftains could get no closer as Lansing closed out the game with a 13-2 run.
"It's a game we shouldn't have lost," Foster said.
Forced to foul to stop the clock late in the game, Eisman and junior Alicia Stauch fouled out in the fourth.
Andrea Korb led the team in scoring with 13. Eisman, Stauch and Walker each had six.
On Jan. 16, the team beat Perry-Lecompton 55-51. Tonganoxie's record now is 4-6. The Chieftains' next action is this week's tournament at Free State High School in Lawrence.
The junior varsity team won its Monday game, beating Lansing 57-46 after jumping out to a big first half lead and then holding on as that lead vanished in the second half.
The Chieftains led 15-6 after the