THS readies for barn-burner at Lansing
The final installment of the rivalry series will begin about 7:30 p.m. Friday in Lansing.
All indications point to another barn-burner between the Lansing and Tonganoxie boys teams.
When the two squads met twice last month, Lansing escaped Tonganoxie both times with wins. The first, in the Tonganoxie Invitational, required overtime before the Lions won, 49-46. In the second game, the Lions again squeaked out a victory with a 48-46 decision.
THS coach David Walker hopes the third time will be more charming for the Chieftains.
"I think a big key is not being predictable," Walker said. "Make sure we don't come out and do the same things we're doing."
The teams played twice in four days last month. A break between meetings might help Walker's bunch shy away from predictability.
12/11/01 at Lansing 66, Tonganoxie 53
2/5/02 Lansing 61, at Tonganoxie 49
3/1/02 Tonganoxie 70, Lansing 64 (substate semifinals at Hiawatha)
1/10/03 Lansing 74, at Tonganoxie 72 (OT)
1/24/03 at Lansing 57, Tonganoxie 49 (OT)
3/1/03 at Lansing 70, Tonganoxie 59 (substate quarterfinals)
1/08/04 at Lansing 54, Tonganoxie 40
1/23/04 at Tonganoxie 69, Lansing 61 (LHS squandered 17-point first-half lead in semifinals of Tonganoxie Invitational)
2/20/04 at Tonganoxie 65, Lansing 50
1/22/05 Lansing 49, at Tonganoxie 46 (OT)
1/25/05 Lansing 48, at Tonganoxie 46
In this rivalry, one thing usually is certain -- the teams will play down to the wire.
During the last eight meetings, the teams have played to overtime three times. Lansing has won the three overtime games.
Since 2001, the teams have met four times in tournaments, twice in substate (2002 and 2003) and twice in the Tonganoxie Invitational (2004 and 2005).
The teams are 2-2 in those games.
Tonganoxie upset Lansing, 70-64, in the Class 4A substate semifinals in 2002. Lansing had defeated THS twice earlier in the season, once by 13 and again by 12. But on an icy day in Hiawatha, Tonganoxie won the third meeting and advanced to the substate finals.
A year later, Lansing returned the favor in the substate quarterfinals with a 70-59 victory. The Lions eventually advanced to the state tournament.
During the next season, in the Tonganoxie Invitational, Tonganoxie erased a 17-point first-half lead and zoomed to a 69-61 victory in front of a raucous Tonganoxie home crowd.
The Lions, however, evened the score with the overtime win at this year's Tonganoxie Invitational.
"I think there's a lot of rivalry," Walker said. "I think in most of the competitive sports that's always a desire to beat them."
The Chieftains are coming off a win last week at Kansas City Kansas Community College against Bishop Ward.
Tonganoxie defeated Ward, 55-49, thanks to a big 21-point fourth quarter.
Michael Morris scored 21, while Daniel Workman scored 13 in the winning effort.
"I think the biggest key was for us was to build some more confidence and feel like we can still be competitive and get some games and cause some things to happen," Walker said. "We're excited for that opportunity.
Tonganoxie is 4-10 on the season. The Chieftains were scheduled to play Tuesday against Santa Fe Trail at home, but the game was postponed because of inclement weather. The game tentatively has been rescheduled for Jan. 19.
Tonganoxie 55, Bishop Ward 49
Tonganoxie 17 6 11 21 -- 55
Bishop Ward 15 14 8 12 -- 49
Tonganoxie -- Rodell 9, Mitchell 2, Huseman 1, Hughes 2, Pistora 6, Herron 2, Morris 20, Workman 13.
Bishop Ward -- Maverin 8, Wing 19, Yadrich 7, Tomasic 1, Gard 7, Burns 3, Cox 4.