Warrior 8th grade wins by two
The Tonganoxie Junior High eighth-grade girls basketball team won a nail-biter recently, but came up short three other times. The girls defeated Leavenworth West 34 -32, while losing to Monticello 27 - 24, Xavier 21 -17, and Basehor Linwood 43 -15.
The game against Leavenworth West was close throughout the game.
Tonganoxie came from behind to win in the last minute. Dominique Grizzle and Tiffany Jacobs pulled down 12 and 11 rebounds each. Danielle Miller blocked three shots, while Courtney Theno led the team in steals with three.
Holly DeMaranville came off the bench with a hot hand and led the team with 12 points.
The Warriors were behind by 12 points to Monticello at the end of the third quarter and battled back hard but ran out of time.
Grizzle and Nicki Gee led the team in rebounding. Theno led the team in assists. Grae Wilbanks lead the team in steals with three.
Scoring for Tonganoxie were Grizzle with 11; Gee with five; and Kelsey Wagner, Ashley Kotowske, Brielle Bissitt, and Courtney Theno each with two.
Tonganoxie built a lead going into the fourth quarter but let it slip away to Xavier. Jacobs and Gee led the team in rebounding.
Dannie Oelschlaeger led the team with four steals followed by Miller and Theno with three each. Jacobs and Miller each blocked two shots. Gee had five points, followed by Theno and Grizzle with 4. Jacobs and Oelschlaeger each had a basket. Coach Korb said Kotowske and Bissit played well coming off the bench. Tonganoxie ran into a brick wall against a very talented Basehor-Linwood team. The Warriors had difficulty handing the Bulldog pressure. Miller led the team in rebounds with eight and steals with four. Scoring for Tonganoxie were Grizzle with six; Theno with three; and Miller, Wilbanks, and DeMaranvilie with two each,
"The girls need to step up with intensity," coach John Korb said. "We need to work on consistency in all areas and be on the same page.
"It seems like each game a different girl steps up. We are improving and when we put together a complete game good things will result."