Tonganoxie girls to face Abilene in Class 4A state quarterfinals
The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team was awarded the No. 1 seed for this year's Class 4A state tournament in Salina.
Tonganoxie (22-1) will take on No. 8 Abilene (20-3) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Salina's Bicentennial Center.
The 4A girls tournament bracket arguably is the toughest in the state, as all teams have just three losses or less.
Here is the complete list of 4A girls state quarterfinal games, which all will be played Thursday:
2. Holton (22-1) vs. 7. Augusta (21-2), 3 p.m.
3. Andover Central (21-2) vs. 6. Paola (21-2), 4:45 p.m.
1. Tonganoxie (22-1) vs. 8. Abilene (20-3), 6:30 p.m.
4. Colby (21-2) vs. 5. Columbus (21-2), 8:15 p.m.
THS wins substate title
Tonganoxie needed a big second half to take out Eudora on Saturday in a Class 4A substate championship game in Tonganoxie.
In the end, though, the Chieftains held back the upset-minded Cardinals and claimed the substate title, 46-34.
THS held an 18-8 lead after one quarter, but Eudora slowly pecked away at the Tonganoxie lead and went into the half trailing by three. Each team scored nine in the third quarter, but the Chieftains pulled away in the with an 11-2 advantage.
Ali Pistora led Tonganoxie with 13, while Shannon Carlin scored 12 and Rachel Bogard 10.
The top-seeded Chieftains improved to 22-1 on the season, while the No. 6 Cardinals ended their season at 12-11.
In the boys title game, Piper slipped past Baldwin, 41-39. Piper, at 20-3, clinched its second straight state berth. The No. 3 Pirates will play No. 6 Andover-Central (19-4) at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.