Emery scores 36 as Warriors roll
The magic number is 36.
A week after Keaton Schaffer scored a career-high 36 for the Tonganoxie Junior High boys basketball team, teammate John Emery duplicated that feat last Thursday at Baldwin.
In Tonganoxie's third game in as many days, Emery led the Warriors with 36 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 67-46 win.
Keaton Schaffer had another double-double in the victory with 19 points and 10 assists. He also had four steals and two blocked shots. Also scoring for the Warriors were Kyle Johnson with six (six rebounds, two steals), Dane Gonser with two (six rebounds, one steal), D.J. Lindsey with two (one steal) and Brett Koch with one (one rebound, two steals and five assists). Frank McKay and Cooper Gish also contributed with three rebounds and one rebound respectively.
Last week, the Warriors went 2-1 in their three-game stretch with wins against Leavenworth West and Baldwin. TJHS lost to Monticello Trails last Wednesday. Monticello Trails is a junior high in the De Soto school district.
"It seems the boys are peaking at the right time," TJHS coach Dave McKee said.
Against Leavenworth West on Feb. 7, Tonganoxie came from behind in the last minute for a 40-38 win.
Schaffer led TJHS with 21 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Emery also was in double figures with 14. He also had a rebound and three steals.
Koch also scored for the Warriors. He had three points, along with two steals and a rebound. Gonser scored a point with seven rebounds, while Lindsey finished out the scoring with a point. He also had a rebound and a blocked shot.
Others contributing were Anthony Myers with six rebounds and three blocked shots, while Dylan Pendleton had two rebounds and Jason Espeland one rebound.
Last Wednesday, the Warriors had a cold-shooting first half against Monticello Trails. TJHS trailed 30-16 at the half. In the second half, the Warriors responded with pressure defense and better shooting. TJHS pulled to within two of Monticello at one point, but couldn't get any closer as the Warriors lost, 49-41.
With 22 points and 10 rebounds, Schaffer had a double-double. He also had a steal and a block.
Emery scored seven (six rebounds and a steal), Gonser four (three rebounds), Koch three (two blocked shots and a steal), Kyle Johnson three (one rebound) and Lindsey two (three steals, one rebound).
Dylan Pendleton also had two rebounds in the loss.
TJHS played Tuesday at Linwood and will play Xavier on Thursday at home. The squad finishes the season with tournament games Saturday at Lexington and Tuesday at Linwood. The season ends Feb. 23 with the tournament at Linwood.
"This is a smart, tough basketball team and they are getting better every day," McKee said. "I believe Tonganoxie basketball has a bright future ahead."