Tonganoxie Junior High girls’ streak at nine games
Tonganoxie Junior High is continuing its dominance in eighth-grade girls basketball.
The Warriors stretched their record to 9-0 with three wins last week. TJHS defeated Patton, 56-3, Perry, 47-13 and Piper, 43-15.
Against Patton, Tonganoxie out-muscled the visitors from the start.
Each girl scored as Ali Pistora led the way with 10 points. Also scoring in the balanced attack were: Holly Heintzelman and Rachel Bogard with eight each, Kezia Huseman and Sarah Kotowske, both with six; Shannon Smith, Rebecca Bogard and Amie Riddle with four points each; and Aimee Ostermeyer, Casey Davis, and Amber Sanborn each with two. Rebecca Bogard led the team in assists with six. Kotowske had six rebounds, along with Riddle with five.
On Nov. 19, Perry had difficulty handling the Warriors' press, turning the ball over numerous times. But, the Warriors also had trouble with turnovers themselves, especially in the second half. Scoring for TJHS were: Pistora 11, Heintzelman 10, Kotowske, eight, Rachel Bogard and Smith six each and Rebecca Bogard two.
Sarah Kotowske also led the team in rebounding with six. Rebecca Bogard and Pistora led the team in assists, with five and four respectively.
Piper, meanwhile, proved to be a tough opponent the first half with its quick aggressive guards. In the third quarter, TJHS played its best quarter of the year, outscoring the host team, 15 -2.
Rachel Bogard had eight rebounds, followed by Ostermeyer and Rebecca Bogard with seven and six respectively. Pistora led the way with four steals and 19 points. Also scoring were Rebecca Bogard 9, Heintzelman 4, Huseman 4, Rachel Bogard 3 and Smith 3.
"We had three girls in the Piper game with bad ankles," TJHS coach John Korb said. "At halftime I told the girls I was not pleased with their intensity and hustle.
"We were getting beat to the ball and were not stopping Piper's penetration.
The team, though, responded in the second half with their best effort of the season, Korb said.
"Ali Pistora really stepped up her game and provided the spark we needed," Korb said. "Rebecca Bogard and Aimee Ostermeyer played great in their limited time on very sore ankles."