Girls shake rough start in victory against Ward
Bishop Ward worked at a slightly faster pace against Tonganoxie this season.
When the Cyclones and Chieftains last met, in last year's Class 4A substate semifinal game, Bishop Ward used a stall offense in hopes of slowing down THS. The Chieftains didn't score as often, but did manage a victory and knocked Ward out of the postseason.
Last week, in a game played at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Ward was the team taking charge in the first half.
The Cyclones led, 12-6, after the first quarter and were tied with the Chieftains at halftime.
Thanks to a monumental third quarter, however, Tonganoxie put the game out of reach. THS outscored Ward, 23-4, in the third and eventually won, 57-34. THS improved to 13-1 overall and 7-0 in the Kaw Valley League.
"We played well in the third quarter," THS coach Randy Kraft said. "In the first half, we missed shots and we didn't play together very well."
Tonganoxie had two players score in double figures as the Chieftains turned a tight game into a blowout in the second half. Ali Pistora scored 13, while Elizabeth Baska scored 12. Rachel Bogard and Shannon Carlin nearly went into double figures with nine and eight points respectively.
Thanks to that improved second half, THS didn't allow Ward to put the first blemish on their KVL record.
"Defensively we picked up the intensity and offensively we played together and did a better job of finding the open man," Kraft said.
THS played Santa Fe Trail on Tuesday and will play Lansing on Friday at home. Tip-off for the Lansing game will be 6 p.m. at Phil Lobb Gymnasium.
Tonganoxie 57, Bishop Ward 34
Score by quarters
Tonganoxie 6 14 23 14 -- 57
Bishop Ward 12 8 4 10 -- 34
Tonganoxie -- Hileman 6, Weller 4, Pistora 13, Baska 12, Carlin 8, Re. Bogard 5, Ra. Bogard 9.
Bishop Ward -- Gorman 4, Mahoney 4, Marguardt 8, Dusil 2, Delich 8, Ogan 7, Stump 1.