Weather postpones tourneys
This would be a perfect week for Tonganoxie's spigot to drop some wins for the Chieftains.
At 10-10, the inconsistent Tonganoxie High girls basketball team has enjoyed success this season. But whether they can put a few wins together has been the problem.
After starting the season 4-2, the Chieftains have won consecutive games twice -- in the Raider Classic at Immaculata in late January and against Basehor-Linwood and Lansing on Feb. 18 and 21.
"We have one week on and one week off," THS coach Randy Kraft said. "I told the kids this is the on week."
If Kraft's players listen to their coach, they could have a ticket to the state tournament on March 13 in Salina.
Tonganoxie earned a No. 2 seed in this week's Class 4A substate tournament and faces No. 7 Atchison (5-15) at 6 p.m. tonight in Tonganoxie. With a victory, Tonganoxie would play the winner of the No. 3 Lansing-No. 6 Perry-Lecompton game Friday in Holton. Lansing was 9-11 entering substate, while PLHS was 5-15. No. 1 Jeff West earned a bye in the seven-team bracket and sports the only winning record coming in with a 12-8 mark. Also in the tournament are No. 4 Holton and No. 5 Hiawatha. Both schools are 8-12.
Bonner Springs 63, Tonganoxie 31
The Chieftains didn't have much of a tune-up before substate action this week.
Playing at Bonner Springs, the No. 7 team in Class 5A, Tonganoxie couldn't overcome a 22-6 deficit in the first quarter.
The Braves also outscored the Chieftains in each of remaining three quarters for a commanding 63-31 rout.
"Against Bonner we came out flat and were flat the whole game," Kraft said.
Addie Helm led the Chieftains with 10 points and Sarah Holliday chipped in seven in a losing effort.
Immaculata 42, Tonganoxie 29
The Chieftains didn't enjoy their second meeting with the surging Raiders.
Tonganoxie handed Immaculata a 47-38 defeat in the Kaw Valley League opener for both schools and snapped an 11-year losing skid to the Raiders.
But that was Immaculata's lone league blemish. The Raiders have reeled off 10 straight KVL victories and then posted a 42-29 victory Feb. 25 at home against Tonganoxie.
Immaculata didn't give Tonganoxie much room to roll early. The Chieftains had two points in the first and six before half, pushing Tonganoxie's back against the wall with a 14-point deficit at halftime.
Kraft said the team had shots at the basket, but they weren't falling.
THS did outscore the Raiders 23-22 in the second half, but it came too late as Tonganoxie lost, 42-29.
Because teams in the large and small school divisions don't play each other twice a season, the last meeting between Tonganoxie and Immaculata counted as a non-conference contest.
Tonganoxie 6 11 7 7 -- 31
Bonner Springs 22 18 15 8 -- 63
Tonganoxie -- Michelle McWilliams 6, Addie Heim 10, Madison Weller 1, Kelly Breuer 3, Jennifer Reischman 4, Sarah Holliday 7.
Bonner Springs -- McConico 11, Pinks 20, Venerable 1, Davis 3, Miller 7, L. McConico 1, Brough 12, Dill 8.
Tonganoxie 2 4 13 10 -- 29
Immaculata 10 10 15 7 -- 42
Tonganoxie -- McWilliams 2, Heim 8, Weller 2, Jeannin 8, Breuer 1, Reischman 6, Holliday 2.