Girls’ team finishes sixth in Lawrence
Tonganoxie High School's girls basketball team went 1-2 at last week's Firebird Winter Classic girls basketball tournament held at Free State High School. Tonganoxie finished sixth.
After losing their first game against Kansas City Sumner, the Chieftains charged back in the second round, soundly beating Kansas City Harmon to advance to Saturday's game against Ponca City.
Saturday vs. Ponca City
But Ponca City proved to be too much for the Chieftains, and Tonganoxie lost 25-44.
Ponca City opened the game as the hot team, jumping out to a 12-7 first-quarter lead, but the Chieftains matched the team from Oklahoma in the second, scoring eight points.
Tonganoxie then went cold after the break, scoring two points in the third. Meanwhile, Ponca City scored 10 in the quarter, pushing its lead to 30-17.
Junior Andrea Korb scored six of the team's eight fourth-quarter points with a pair of threes, but it wasn't enough, as Ponca City scored 14 in the final period to close out the game.
Andrea Korb led the team in the game, scoring nine points on three three-pointers.
Junior Aimee Eisman had six, and juniors Erin Seymour and Alicia Stauch each had four.
Friday vs. Kansas City Harmon
In Friday's game, the Chieftains rebounded from their recent slump to score a 60-31 victory over Kansas City Harmon.
The Chieftains came out on fire and never really slowed down, outscoring Harmon 17-5 in the first quarter behind seven points from Andrea Korb and six points from Kristin Korb.
Tonganoxie was able to improve on that quarter, outscoring Harmon 20-4 in the second, this time behind six points from junior Keri Walker.
The Chieftains added another 23 points to their score in the second half. Harmon scored 22 in the half.
Throughout the game, Tonganoxie showed solid team play with 10 Chieftains getting on the scoreboard. They were led by Andrea Korb's 16. Junior Keri Walker had 12 points and senior Kristin Korb scored 11.
Thursday vs. Kansas City Sumner
In the Chieftains' 33-54 first-round loss to Kansas City Sumner, the team was plagued by foul trouble.
Kristin Korb and Eisman were on the bench for most of the second half after getting in foul trouble before the break.
Eisman and Korb, two of the team's leading contributors, were missed in the second half when Sumner came out of the locker room with a 16-4 run.
The Chieftains had pulled the score to 16-12 at the half after trailing 13-6 after the first quarter.
Tonganoxie never got any closer than 16 points of the lead from that point.
Walker and Andrea Korb led the team in scoring, each scoring 11.
Tonganoxie was one of the smallest schools represented at the tournament. Two Class 6A teams and three 5A schools attended the Lawrence Tournament.
The team's next matchup will be 6 p.m. Friday at DeSoto.