Strong comeback not enough for girls against Immaculata
The Tonganoxie girls' basketball team got off to a slow start Feb. 12 against Immaculata.
The Raiders opened with a 25-4 lead after the first quarter, and it appeared Immaculata would run off with a dominating win.
The visitors from Leavenworth didn't.
Tonganoxie outscored Immacualta 48-34 the rest of the way, but couldn't post a comeback win. The Raiders won, 59-52.
"About four and a half minutes into the first quarter it was 20-4," THS coach Leslie Foster said. "From that point on, they only scored 10 points in about 12 minutes."
The Chieftains went into the half in much better shape, trailing 29-17. Going into the fourth quarter, the Raiders led 40-37.
"Defensively, we picked it up," Foster said.
The Chieftains also had a strong performance offensively, as senior Andrea Korb scored 21 and fellow senior Alicia Stauch contributed 12.
Tonganoxie faced No. 2 Santa Fe Trail on Friday near Carbondale, but the momentum of the Immaculata game didn't make the 50-minute trip.
Tonganoxie was tied at six in the first quarter, but couldn't match Santa Fe Trail after that. The Chieftains were limited to four, five and six points in the remaining quarters and the Chargers prevailed, 49-23.
"We just didn't show up to play," Foster said.
Senior Aimee Eisman led Tonganoxie with seven points, while senior Keri Walker had six. Melissa Ball, though, led the Chargers with 16 points.
Santa Fe Trail improved to 15-1 overall and 12-0 in the Kaw Valley League. The Chieftains dropped to 5-12 and 4-9.
Tonganoxie plays three games this week to end the regular season. The Chieftains played Piper on Tuesday and will entertain De Soto today and Mill Valley on Friday before beginning sub-state next week.
Immaculata 59, Tonganoxie 52
IHS 25 4 11 19 59
THS 4 13 20 15 52
Immaculata Erin Dolan 11, Devon Ezell 2, KC Bassett 23, Megan Theis 2, Charolette Kersten 12, Daley Leintz 4, Jacque Snow 1, Cari Kelly 4.
Tonganoxie Katie Jeannin 4, Aimee Eisman 4, Laura Korb 4, Alicia Stauch 12, Keri Walker 5, Andrea Korb 21, Jennifer Reischman 2.
Santa Fe Trail 49, Tonganoxie 23
THS 8 4 5 6 23
SFTHS 16 11 14 8 49
Tonganoxie Aimee Eisman 7, Keri Walker 6, Andrea Korb 5, Alicia Stauch 2, Addie Heim 3.
Santa Fe Trail Janelle Arnold 9, Lindsay Boss 4, Alison Creek 4, Erin Lee 2, Leslie Wurdeman 8, Melisa Ball 16, Alexis Pryor 4, Renay Carter 2.