Seventh-grade girls pull of great season
For the Tonganoxie seventh-grade girls basketball team, it was one game away from emulating its eighth-grade counterparts.
The seventh-grade Warriors finished the season 13-1 after squeaking out a 42-41 win last week in the Monticello Tournament against the host team.
Down by five with three minutes left in the game, the Warriors battled back and finally took the lead 42-41 with eight seconds left in the game as Ashlee Lohman hit a short jumper. Tonganoxie had to withstand a desperation shot as the horn sounded, but the Warriors held on and won the tournament. After losing the first game of the season to Clark, Tonganoxie finished with a 13-game winning streak.
Tonganoxie coach Phil Jeannin said that game was probably one of the best he'd seen during his many years of coaching.
"It was so well-played and both teams showed wonderful sportsmanship and fairplay," Jeannin said. "It was a shame either team had to lose."
Elizabeth Baska's inside play and Christy Weller's floor play also helped Tonganoxie in the tournament, Jeannin said, along with Lohman's scoring.
"However, without the the steady play of Hannah Herrstrom, Traci Hileman, Ashlie Koch and Lindsay Himpel we could not have had such a successful season," Jeannin said.
Before defeating Monti-cello, the Warriors defeated Piper, 44-11, in the tournament semifinals.
The seventh-grade B team, meanwhile, finished its season Dec. 5 with an 11-6 record. Julie Frank was the B team coach.