Archive for Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Tonganoxie Invitational game-by-game recaps

January 26, 2005

Boys quarterfinals
Pleasant Ridge 58, Lansing 53
Lansing carried an eight-point lead into the locker room at halftime against Pleasant Ridge, but the Rams assembled a big second half.
PRHS outscored Lansing by 13 and came away with an upset victory in the first round. Jeff Slater led Lansing, while Jacob Hendee led Pleasant Ridge with 16.

Atchison 71, Silver Lake 65
The scoring machine known as Atchison held a 61-43 lead after three quarters, but the Eagles stormed back in the fourth. The early lead was too much for Silver Lake, however, as Atchison prevailed by six.
Atchison had six players score, five of whom were in double figures. Jeff Downing led the team in scoring with 18. Silver Lake also had five players score in double figures, but the Eagles couldn't overtake the state-ranked Redmen.

Jeff West 52, Tonganoxie 43
Tonganoxie slowed down Jeff West in the second and third quarters, but the up-tempo Tigers eventually pulled away in the final quarter, thanks to eight-for-eight free throw shooting in the final minutes.

Immaculata 71, Eudora 63
A single-digit second quarter doomed Eudora as the Cardinals faced the top-ranked team in Class 2A.
Danny McEvoy led the Raiders with 24 points.

Girls quarterfinals
Silver Lake 62, Metro Academy 50
The Eagles and Mavericks held a shootout in the first game of the girls tournament.
Silver Lake had four three-pointers, while Metro knocked down eight -- seven of which came from Shalin Spani. She scored 27 on the day, while her sister Taber chipped in 11. Steph Bryant led Silver Lake with 19.

Lansing 64, Pleasant Ridge 49
Lansing's press proved to be too much for Pleasant Ridge as several Ram turnovers led to points for the Lions.

Tonganoxie 61, Atchison 19
A 39-9 halftime lead held up in the second half for Tonganoxie. The Chieftains had eight players score in the victory as Addie Heim led the team with 15.

Jeff West 62, Immaculata 51
Jeff West was in the middle of a tight ball-game for through three quarters, but the Tigers escaped with an 11-point win against Immaculata. Miranda Mullins led JWHS with 22 points, while Autumn Weaver had 16 and Jasmine Myers 11.

Boys consolation games
Lansing 56, Silver Lake 41
A patient Silver Lake team gave Lansing fits in the first half. SLHS 6-8 senior Erik Ure frustrated Jeff Slater in the second quarter, but the Lions went on a 10-1 that ended the first half. Silver Lake, which had success in the first half with the three-pointer, abandoned it in the third and struggled in the fourth behind the arc as they played catch-up.
Silver Lake went 5-for-17 for the game from three-point land.

Tonganoxie 47, Eudora 40
With a new starting lineup that included Zach Pistora and Jordan Herron alongside seniors Kirk Rodell, Michael Morris and Daniel Workman, the Chieftains put together their best effort of the year with a win against Eudora.
Trailing 43-39 late, Eudora was in good shape when Mark Abel was fouled on a three-point attempt, but he made just one. Tonganoxie then reeled off four straight free throws and captured the win.

Girls consolation games
Metro 62, Pleasant Ridge 42
As Lansing did earlier in the week, Metro Academy was successful in running the press against Pleasant Ridge.
Shalin Spani again paced the Mavericks with 29 in the winning effort.

Immaculata 52, Atchison 41
Atchison was poised to win its first game of the season during a spirited first half. AHS trailed Immaculata, 24-18, at the half, but couldn't stay with the Raiders in the second half.

Boys semifinal games
Atchison 84, Pleasant Ridge 59
Pleasant Ridge was the Cinderella team in the semifinals, but Atchison wouldn't be the Rams' second victim. Atchison, which sported a 49-29 lead at the half, stayed the course in second half and punched its ticket to the championship game.

Immaculata 62, Jeff West 49
Jeff West just couldn't recover from a 22-9 disadvantage in the first quarter. Jeff West outscored Immaculata in only one quarter -- the third.
The Tigers kept the game within reach, but couldn't put together a big rally.

Girls semifinal games
Silver Lake 62, Lansing 51
Lansing was riding high after the smothering Pleasant Ridge, but Silver Lake grounded the Lions. Lansing, which went 8-for-26 from the line against Pleasant Ridge, again was dismal from the charity stripe.
Silver Lake led by just seven after three quarters, but Lansing missed all four of its free throws in the final period. LHS made a slew of turnovers in the final quarter in the defeat.

Tonganoxie 45, Jeff West 27
In a rematch of last year's Tonganoxie Invitational title game, the Chieftains made sure Jeff West wouldn't be celebrating on Tonganoxie's court this time.
Tonganoxie held a commanding 28-9 lead into the locker room, but Jeff West stayed even in the second half.
Seventh-place boys game
Silver Lake 67, Eudora 50
The Eagles tasted victory for the first time in the Tonganoxie Invitational. Eudora, meanwhile, left the tourney without a win. The Cardinals traditionally have fared well in the tournament, but Silver Lake, thanks to a 27-point second quarter broke away from Eudora.

Seventh-place girls game
Pleasant Ridge 53, Atchison 46
Atchison had the taste of victory on the tip of its tongue. AHS led, 40-31, after three quarters. That, however, was when Pleasant Ridge put it into high gear. A 22-6 fourth quarter advantage helped the Rams secure seventh place and sent Atchison home, still winless.

Fifth-place boys game
Lansing 49, Tonganoxie 46 (OT)
The rivals were at it again. The game had to be decided in overtime as the Lions used an extra push in the extra period and claimed fifth place. Tonganoxie's Sam Mitchell scored 20 points in the loss.

Fifth-place girls game
Immaculata 49, Metro Academy 31
Metro, accustomed to a potent offense in the first two games, struggled against the Raiders. IHS finished strong, outscoring Metro, 22-4, in the fourth and finished the tourney with a 2-1 record.

Third-place boys game
Jeff West 75, Pleasant Ridge 50
The run-and-shoot Tigers trailed by one after the first quarter, but were in business after that. Jeff West had 10 players score in the victory.

Third-place girls game
Jeff West 65, Lansing 61
Lansing had another scrappy game, erasing an early deficit. The Lions led 41-40, but that would be their last lead. The loss dropped LHS to 5-5, while Jeff West improved to 4-5.

Championship boys game
Atchison 68, Immaculata 65
It doesn't get much better than this. Atchison again was on the verge of running away with the game, but a hefty rally in the second half almost helped Immaculata to its second straight Tonganoxie Invitational title.

Championship girls game
Tonganoxie 34, Silver Lake 33
Laura Jeannin's late free throws helped Tonganoxie avoid blowing a late lead in the finals. The win pushed Tonganoxie to 9-2, while Silver Lake fell to 8-3.

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