Warriors cap another perfect year
The Tonganoxie Junior High girls basketball team earned its perfect season.
The Warrior eighth-grade team defeated De Soto-Monticello and host school Piper last week in the season's last tournament, vaulting TJHS to a perfect 14-0 season.
Against Monticello, the Warriors ran to an early lead they wouldn't relinquish. TJHS won, 33-18, with Ali Pistora as leading scoring with 10.
Pistora and Rebecca Bogard led the team in steals with five, while Rachel Bogard had the most rebounds with 11. Rebecca Bogard also had five assists on the day.
Against Piper, the Warriors jumped out to another early lead, but hit a dry spell in the second quarter, scoring only one field goal.
After closing the gap to five after three quarters, though, Piper could muster just one basket, and Tonganoxie held on for the tournament title and the perfect season.
"I was impressed with how the girls picked up the defense in the final quarter," TJHS coach John Korb said. "It helped the team regain its confidence on offense.
"Piper was quicker than we were and never quit. We never had an easy basket and they were shooting the lights out even when they were guarded."
Korb also said his bench was key in the victory with Smith, Aimee Ostermeyer, Amie Riddle, Kezia Huseman, Alex Kissinger and Sara Schlicht.
Rachel and Rebecca Bogard and Shannon Smith led the team in steals, while Rachel Bogard and Pistora led the team in assists and rebounding.
Tonganoxie's 12-of-16 shooting from the free-throw line helped secure the win as well. Pistora was leading scorer with 17, Rachel Bogard had eight and Sarah Kotowske and Schlicht each had four.