TJHS seventh-grade team now 8-1
The streak continues for the Tonganoxie Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team.
The Warriors winning streak stretched to seven straight games with wins against Patton, Perry-Lecompton and Piper last week.
On Nov. 13, the Warriors journeyed to Leavenworth to play Patton Junior High. In the first half, Patton dominated the game and led Tonganoxie 14-6 with Megan Hummelgaard's two drives for hoops keeping TJHS in the game. In the second half, though, the Warriors came out hustling and scored the first eight points and tied the score at 14-14. The game was tied at 17 at the end of the third quarter as Haley Smith, with seven points, and Amanda Holroyd, off some nice assists, did the scoring. Tonganoxie just kept motoring though and ran to a 26-20 victory.
Smith led scoring with 10 points, and Hummelgaard and Holroyd chipped in six each. Shyanne Gergick had nine steals and Smith, Hummelgaard and Sagan Scates added three steals each. Brooklyn Kerbaugh had three assists.
Tonganoxie went back on the road on Tuesday to play Perry. The Warriors jumped to an 11-2 first quarter lead and were never fewer than seven points ahead the rest of the game as they won, 31-16. Smith had 14 points and four steals and led in those categories. Holroyd at seven points and nine rebounds; Brittani Papa had five rebounds, with Hummelgaard adding five rebounds and eight points to the cause. Liz Carey also logged four defensive rebounds.
Tonganoxie returned home on Thursday to face a tough Piper team. Despite being outmatched in the paint, the Warriors blocked off well and rebounded well but only led 9-8 at halftime as they just couldn't seem to find the bottom of the basket. Defensively they played their best game of the season and held Piper to only one basket in the third quarter and led 18-11 after three quarters, thanks to a three-pointer with two seconds left in the quarter by Haley Smith after a Tonganoxie timeout. Smith's bucket came after what coach Mark Mall called a "fine pass" from Gergick.
Tonganoxie played well in the fourth quarter on its way to a 22-14 win. Smith led the team in scoring with seven points and assists with three. Liz Carey played a strong defensive game and added six points. Holroyd had five points and seven boards. Kerbaugh added two points and three rebounds. Hummelgaard had two points and four steals to go along with her tenacious defense. Gergick snagged six steals. Scates and Papa also had fine defensive games for the Warriors.
The Warriors were 8-1 heading into Monday's game against Xavier of Leavenworth. For more on that game, see the Nov. 29 edition of The Mirror.
TJHS eighth-grade hoops
The Tonganoxie Junior High eighth-grade basketball team won another close game, while dropping two others last week.
The eighth-grade team defeated Patton Junior High, 33-32, while losing to Perry and Piper last week.
The Warriors were down by eight against the Tigers in the third quarter. Grae Wilbanks started the comeback with a steal while scoring five points at the end of the quarter to get Tonganoxie back in the game. Tonganoxie continued the great effort in the fourth quarter and built a six-point lead, only to see it dwindle to one point as time expired.
Dominique Grizzle led the team in rebounding with seven, followed by Danielle Miller and Tiffany Jacobs with six each. Courtney Theno led the team in steals with seven. Scoring were Grizzle with 10 points, Theno and Miller, six each, Wilbanks, five, and Dannie Oelschaelger, Ashley Kotowske and Jacobs two points each.
After the Patton win, Tonganoxie came out flat against Perry, and lost, 35-12. Scoring for the Warriors were Jacobs and Grizzle with four each. Carrie Calovich and Miller had a basket apiece. Piper played a very aggressive game against the local girls. Tonganoxie held close to the Pirates for almost three quarters before going cold from the field. Oelschlaeger led the team with four steals followed by Miller with three. Grizzle and Jacobs had seven and four rebounds respectively. Grizzle led the team in scoring with six points, followed by Calovich with three; Gee, Jacobs, Miller and Oelschlaeger each had two points.