Tonganoxie victorious despite pair of injuries
The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team hit the road without two of its top three interior players, but rolled to an easy victory in the opening round of the Cardinal Invitational on Monday night, defeating Highland Park, 53-29, at Eudora.
The Chieftains (1-0) were without would-be starting forward Lindsey Fatherley, who injured her knee this past week, and post sub Molly O’Hagan, who had a back injury flare up Monday night.
However, THS used an athletic, albeit undersized, lineup — starting 5-foot-6 guard Abby Eisman down low — to apply defensive pressure and led, 33-6, at the half.
“We really did a good job of getting up on them and didn’t give them too many good looks at the basket,” coach Randy Kraft said, noting that his players also boxed out and rebounded well.
Senior point guard Chrissie Jeannin, who scored 18, was so effective in the first half that HPHS applied a box-and-one defense to control her output in the second half. But Jeannin’s teammates picked up the scoring as senior forward Roni Grizzle tallied 19 points and Andie Jeannin, who handled the ball most of the second half, scored 10.
Kraft said a number of young Chieftains had impressive varsity debuts. Andie Jeannin, for one, played strong defense and showed the ability to knock down free throws, going 8-for-10 from the line. Freshman Haley Smith and junior Madi Yates, Kraft said, came off the bench and provided quality minutes and defense.
Tonganoxie will play host Eudora in the second round of the tournament Tuesday. For more on that matchup, visit www.tonganoxiemirror.com.