THS blows out Santa Fe Trail
As one of the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team's primary three-point shooters, Cara Carlisle isn't advised to hesitate when left open on the perimeter.
Carlisle, a senior, received a pass beyond the arc against Santa Fe Trail on Feb. 5 and fired the three. The shot was noticeably long, but banked off the backboard and rolled in.
Perhaps the friendly home rims were to credit. Whatever the case, Tonganoxie couldn't do anything wrong in its 46-12 drubbing of Santa Fe Trail.
The Chieftains frustrated the Chargers (5-10) all night on defense. It was evident in the Chargers' scoring by quarter: 2, 2, 5 and 3.
It was also evident in Santa Fe Trail's 26 turnovers, compared to only 12 for THS.
"We had 10 days off and I didn't know how we'd come back and respond," Tonganoxie coach Randy Kraft said. "We really wanted to work on our defense and get it back to where we had it. I thought they did a great job communicating. We didn't give up many points, but bigger than that, we really didn't give up many good shots."
Tonganoxie dominated the game from the beginning and led, 13-2, after the first quarter. The Chieftains had the game put away at halftime with a 31-4 advantage.
"We didn't look for any one or two people," Kraft said. "They just shared the ball."
In fact, Liz Baska was the game's leading scorer and the THS senior guard/forward had only nine points.
This was mostly because she sat out the entire fourth quarter.
The running clock rule was put into effect in the fourth quarter because Tonganoxie led by at least 30. With such a comfortable lead, Kraft played junior varsity players for the fourth quarter.
Since Dec. 14, the Chieftains (13-2) have won nine games in a row. They've gone 5-0 in Kaw Valley League play in the span.
"We want to be playing our best ball at the end of the regular season - that last week, getting ready for sub-state," Kraft said. "We still have some growing to do. We keep stressing that every day. As long as they're still hungry and trying to get better, then we'll keep progressing."
Scoring by quarter:
Tonganoxie 13 18 13 2 - 46
Santa Fe Trail 2 2 5 3 - 12