Archive for Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Sluggish second half thwarts girls team

February 19, 2003

Randy Kraft was disappointed in his team's performance Dec. 11 at Piper, but his Chieftains still managed a 47-43 victory against the Pirates.

On Friday, Tonganoxie wasn't as fortunate. The Chieftains carried a four-point lead into the second half against Mill Valley, but the Jaguars stormed back for a 55-46 win.

Madison Weller extends for a shot against Mill Valley on Friday as
Addie Heim and Jennifer Reischman box out. The Chieftains lost,
55-46.

Madison Weller extends for a shot against Mill Valley on Friday as Addie Heim and Jennifer Reischman box out. The Chieftains lost, 55-46.

"We didn't play with the intensity we needed to," Kraft said.

Tonganoxie padded its lead to 10 late in the first half thanks to a pressing defense that forced a string of Jaguar miscues. Mill Valley, though, notched a three-point shot and made three free throws just before the half and trailed 27-23 at the intermission.

An 8-1 run midway through the third helped the Jaguars build their own lead. At the end of three, they had a 41-35 lead.

Tonganoxie cut the lead to four at 41-37 early in the fourth, but that would be the closest the Chieftains would get to Mill Valley. The Jags used an 8-0 run, putting the game out of reach.

Neither team was spectacular from the free-throw line. Tonganoxie made 14-of-25 shots, while Mill Valley made 10-of-26 attempts.

Kraft was more concerned with other lapses the team made throughout the game.

"There were a lot of points in the game when we didn't play well, especially defense," Kraft said.

The Chieftains now must wrap up the season on the road. After a home game against Perry-Lecompton Tuesday, Tonganoxie finishes out the regular season Friday at Lansing, Tuesday at Immaculata and Feb. 28 at Bonner Springs.

Box score

Mill Valley 55, Tonganoxie 46

Mill Valley 9 14 18 14 -- 55

Tonganoxie 11 16 10 9 -- 46

Mill Valley -- Jessica Velasquez, 8, Megan Niemann 8, Jessica Duncan 2, Heather Woolever 4, Kara Huschover 2, Diana Brown 9, Kendra Corley 12, Kelly Hiltner 10.

Tonganoxie -- Michelle McWilliams 4, Addie Heim 13, Laura Korb 2, Madison Weller 8, Katie Jeannin 6, Kelly Breuer 8, Jennifer Reischman 3, Sarah Holliday 2.

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