Archive for Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Boys team gets back on track with OT win

February 18, 2004

For the second time this season, the Tonganoxie boys basketball team kept its fans on the edge of their seats a little longer.

Playing Saturday in a make-up game against Santa Fe Trail, the Chieftains forced the Chargers into overtime and outscored SFT in the extra frame for a 63-57 win.

The Chieftains trailed 27-19 at the half, but stormed back and tied the game with less than a minute to go on a Billy Baska three-pointer.

In the overtime, the Chieftains outscored the Chargers, 15-7, and improved to 6-9 on the season.

"This was a confidence builder," THS coach David Walker said. "We didn't give up. We kept fighting and found a way to win."

Tonganoxie dropped a 44-43 heartbreaker to Piper on Feb. 10 at PHS before state-ranked Mill Valley throttled the Chieftains on Friday in Shawnee.

Against the Pirates, the Chieftains opened with a 14-5 lead, but couldn't hold on.

In the Mill Valley game, the Jaguars made 8-of-12 three-point shots in the first half and never looked back on their way to a 77-46 victory.

Sam Mitchell led the Chieftains against Piper with 19, while Shane Howard was top scorer against Mill Valley with 13 and SFT with 17.

On Saturday, Walker was thankful to the fans who did make it to the game for an irregular afternoon game.

"The people who were there helped us out greatly," Walker said.

THS played Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday in Tonganoxie and then plays back-to-back games again Thursday and Friday.

The Chieftains will play St. Mary's on Thursday and Lansing on Friday. The St. Mary's game is rescheduled from the Central Heights Invitational in early December, while the LHS game is a regularly scheduled league game.

Next week, the Chieftains finish out the season against Immaculata on Tuesday in Leavenworth and at home Feb. 27 against Bonner Springs.

Last week's box scores

FEB. 10

Piper 44, Tonganoxie 43

Tonganoxie (5-8): Shane Howard 2, Kirk Rodell 6, Sam Mitchell 19, Levi Huseman 4, Justin Walker 2, Luke McCarty 4, Derek Sparks 6, Mike Morris 0. Totals 18 5-16 43.

Piper (9-6): Josh Wille 14, Damian Young 5, Matt Smith 3, Mike Simmons 6, Matt Reitemeier 14, Calvin Norwood 0, Nate Daniels 2, Lee Whitney 0. Totals 18 6-15 44.

Tonganoxie 14 11 2 16 -- 43
Piper 5 13 11 15 -- 44

Three-point goals: Mitchell 2; Smith, Young.

FRIDAY

Mill Valley 77, Tonganoxie 46

Tonganoxie: Shane Howard 13, Kirk Rodell 9, Sam Mitchell 2, Levi Huseman 6, Justin Walker 2, Luke McCarty 8, Derek Sparks 4, Daniel Workman 2. Totals 21 3-3 46.

Mill Valley (13-3): Jake Summerlin 11, Tyson Corley 6, Brandon White 4, David Woods 10, Brandon Smith 15, Will Reeves 6, Jacob Eaton 21, Kyle DeBerg 4. Totals 27 16-21 77.

Tonganoxie 13 14 13 6 -- 46
Mill Valley 27 16 15 19 -- 77


SATURDAY

Tonganoxie 63, Santa Fe Trail 57 OT

SFT 13 14 9 12 9 -- 57
Tonganoxie 8 11 15 14 15 -- 63

SFT (3-13) -- Musgrave 2, Shively 3, Cooper 2, Shively 9, Conklin 3, Griffen 2, Musgrave 22, Carter 14.

Tonganoxie (6-9) -- Billy Baska 3, Shane Howard 17, Derek Sparks 4, Kirk Rodell 10, Sam Mitchell 12, Levi Huseman 6, Justin Walker 2, Luke McCarty 6, Mike Morris 3.

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