Rossville coach welcomes competition in first year of tourney
Rossville High is one of two new teams in this year's Tonganoxie Invitational. Tenth-year boys basketball coach Eric Anderson said the competition was a primary reason the Bulldogs were participating in the tournament.
"This tournament will be a lot stiffer competition than what we're used to," he said. "Hopefully that will pay off for us come sub-state time."
Rossville enters the tournament with a 4-3 record. The Bulldogs lost three seniors from last year's team, which went 13-8 and lost in the first round of sub-state play.
Rossville returned three more seniors, who log mega-minutes, this season: Cody Broughton, Jeremy Foxhoven and Josh Hansen.
Foxhoven leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 14 points per game. He also averages eight rebounds per contest.
"He's 6-1, but he plays more like he's 6-4 or 6-5," Anderson said of Foxhoven. "He has good hops. He's our most consistent scorer."
Broughton is a 5-10 combo-guard, meaning he can either play point guard or shooting guard. He's averaging 13 points and four assists per game.
Hansen got hurt earlier in the season and has missed a few games for the Bulldogs. Anderson said he expected his senior forward back in time for the tournament. Before he was injured, Hansen averaged 10 points and seven rebounds a game.
"He can play in the post and come out on the wing," Anderson said of Hansen. "He's interchangeable and a good all-around player."
Anderson, who carries a 127-79 career record at Rossville, said he'd be pleased with two victories from the tournament. The Bulldogs, a Kansas Class 3A school, will go up against mostly Class 4A schools this week.
"I hope we can get up and down the court a little bit, but I have to get a feel for it," Anderson said. "We like to run a little full-court press, but it depends on the opponent.