Chieftains squeeze past Perry with few turnovers
Tonganoxie senior Scott Breuer scored a career-high 27 points as the Chieftains beat Perry-Lecompton, 67-58, last week for their fourth win in five games.
Tonganoxie committed only 13 turnovers in the game and has only turned the ball over 25 times in the last two games.
That is significantly better than the team's 20-turnover season average, and Tonganoxie coach Mike Webb said that cutting down on turnovers has been the key to the Chieftains' mid-season winning spurt.
"We've just tried to emphasize all season long to be sure of passes and to meet the passes don't take risks or gamble," Webb said.
Against Perry-Lecompton on Jan. 23, Tonganoxie came out on fire, putting together back-to-back solid quarters and the Chieftains were up 38-27 at halftime.
Webb said he was proud of his team for holding on for the nine-point win because it shows that members are jelling and able to put together four solid quarters something the team had difficulty with early in the season.
"We're really starting to click together, and it's the right time to start doing it," he said.
Helping the Chieftains get things done point-wise was Bryan Gurss who had 22 points on 10-17 shooting. Breuer scored his points on 10-16 shooting.
Thomas Gilner and senior Kyle Rodell had solid games, with Gilner shooting 2-3 from the field and 2-2 from the line, scoring six points to go with his four assists, two steals and one block.
Rodell had eight points, three steals and five assists.
"Kyle Rodell did a nice job running the offense and working the ball inside to the big guys," Webb said.
Webb said that, with only a handfull of games left in the season, every game becomes more important. The Chieftains can't afford to lose too many of them if they want a shot at a home game in the first round of sub-state.
"We have to continue to win ball games," Webb said. "We can't have nine or 10 losses: We're looking at 10 to 11 wins to host a game."
The Chieftains' next game is 7:30 p.m. Friday at DeSoto.
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