Archive for Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Tonganoxie posts strong numbers at break

December 28, 2005

The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team's 5-0 record shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone looking at the Chieftains cumulative statistics at winter break.

In five games, Tonganoxie leads nearly every statistical category.

The Chieftains have a better overall field goal percentage (43.0-32.6), three-point percentage (44.3-33.8) and two-point percentage (33.3-27.3) than their opponents.

Tonganoxie also is shooting better from the free-throw line. THS is shooting at 62.2 percent, while its opponents are shooting 56.6 percent.

When it comes to the boards, Tonganoxie again has the edge. The Chieftains have snagged 183 rebounds, compared to opponents' 119.

In the ball-handling department, Tonganoxie is showing it's an unselfish group. The Chieftains have accumulated 56 assists after five games. Opponents, meanwhile, only have a total of 13.

Turnovers are somewhat even for Tonganoxie and its opponents as THS has 73, compared to 86 combined by the Chieftains' five opponents.

Defensively, Tonganoxie also is out to a good start. The Chieftains have 59 steals -- opponents have combined for just 12.

In fact, the only category in which Tonganoxie does not hold an advantage is points off turnovers. Opponents have scored 42 overall this year, while THS has scored 35.

At 5-0, the Chieftains obviously hold the edge in total points (287-186). That translates to an average score of roughly 57-37 in Tonganoxie's favor.

The statistics also show Tonganoxie's production from its bench players. Subs have scored 61 points this year, while opponents' subs have scored 23.

As for second-effort points, the Chieftains have dominated in that category also. Tonganoxie has 80 second-effort points to opponents' 12. That means the Chieftains outscore their opponents an average of 16-2 each game when it comes to second-chance points.

Individually speaking

Tonganoxie has three players averaging in double figures in scoring this season. Ali Pistora is at 15, while Rachel Bogard and Elizabeth Baska are at 11.8 and 11.4 respectively.

Pistora also leads the team in field goal percentage. She's shooting at 50 percent, while Bogard is not far behind at 48.8. Baska is at 47.3 and Shannon Carlin is shooting at 45 percent from the field.

From three-point land, Kelley Stauch leads the team in shooting. She's 3-for-4 this season. Stauch had a three-point shot go in at the end of regulation against Buhler in the state semifinals. Stauch's shot sent the game into overtime, but Buhler eventually won the game and won the state title the next day.

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