THS avenges tourney loss
The Chieftain girls team made itself right at home in the warm and cozy Jefferson West High gymnasium.
Less than a week after Jeff West spoiled the Tonganoxie Invitational for the Chieftains in the tournament finals with a six-point win, THS returned the favor in Meriden.
The Chieftains led by six heading into the fourth quarter and then used a 15-6 advantage in the final quarter and sealed the win, 50-35.
"Offensively we pushed it when we needed to," THS coach Randy Kraft said. "We're a transition team and got down the court and made shots.
Tonganoxie opened with a hot start as it did in the tournament finals and held a 13-5 lead after the first quarter, only to watch Jeff West close the gap again in the second quarter.
The Tigers' 2-2-1 press gave the Chieftains fits at times, but with a week to prepare for the same opponent, Tonganoxie was up to the challenge.
Last week, Jeff West's Courtney Sutton made 10-of-10 free throws against the Chieftains and torched Tonganoxie for 21 points overall before being named tournament MVP.
On Friday, however, Sutton scored two points and was 0-for-2 from the line.
"We put pressure on her," said THS junior Addie Heim, who scored 12 on the evening. "Some nights you're hot, some nights you're not. That goes with any player."
In the rematch, the Chieftains had a slight sizzle. Pistora scored a team-high 14 and Michelle McWilliams chipped in 10 points. From the free-throw line, Tonganoxie hit 12-of-15 shots -- Pistora was 6-for-6, McWilliams 4-for-6 and Heim 2-for-3.
Now 8-4, the Chieftains played Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday in Basehor and entertain Santa Fe Trail on Friday.
The Chargers are 8-4 also, but as of Monday were 6-0 in the Kaw Valley League. Tonganoxie stood at 4-1 in the KVL on Monday.