Archive for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tonganoxie hoops squads can’t win at Lansing

February 17, 2009

The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team trailed by nine entering the fourth quarter and cut Lansing’s lead to two but fell, 56-50, to the Lions.

When the Chieftains got within striking distance, down a deuce, they turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions and Lansing recovered, maintaining a six-to-eight-point cushion for the remainder of the contest.

Junior Keaton Schaffer and senior Austin Smith accounted for 80 percent of Tonganoxie’s offense as they combined for 40 points but the rest of the roster contributed just 10. THS coach Shawn Phillips said Schaffer, who scored 19, and Smith, who had 21, were the only two Chieftains with length and athleticism to counter a formidable Lions frontcourt.

“They definitely tried to exploit our size. They’re a lot bigger, taller than what we are,” Phillips said.

“Austin Smith, he did a great job of defending the post, but they’ve got two really big guys,” the coach added, noting whoever wasn’t being guarded by Smith attacked smaller THS defenders in the post, especially in the third quarter.

Tonganoxie (10-7) usually gets most of its offense inside by attacking the paint, which Smith and Schaffer were able to do, but the rest of the Chieftains didn’t fare as well at Lansing.

“Their size was a little difficult for us to handle going to the rim. It was a very physical game and we didn’t finish as well in the paint as we had been,” Phillips said.

The coach said he was proud to see his team cut a one-time double-digit hole to two but he expects more.

“It’s still a loss,” Phillips said. “We still need to do things well down the stretch in order to help us get victories.”

Tonganoxie will play host to Bishop Ward on Friday.

Score by quarters

Tonganoxie 7 10 15 18 — 50

Lansing 15 10 16 15 — 56

Tonganoxie scoring

Jeremy Carlisle 2, Jace Waters 5, Jamie Everett 3, Keaton Schaffer 19, Austin Smith 21.

Lansing girls 58, Tonganoxie 43

The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team didn’t have the horses to match up with a deep and talented Lansing squad that defeated the Chieftains, 58-43.

Coach Randy Kraft said the difference between the two squads was depth.

“They pressured us a lot the whole game,” he said, adding that it wore down his players.

Tonganoxie (12-5) cut a five-point halftime deficit to one in the third quarter but then the Lions ran away with a 15-point win by hounding THS on both ends of the floor.

“They’re a good defensive team, they’re a lot bigger than we are and we had to work really hard to get shots,” Kraft said.

Lansing kept senior THS guard Chrissie Jeannin quiet, holding her to four points.

“She wasn’t able to get too many looks,” Kraft said, noting that he played Jeannin outside and inside but wasn’t able to put her in a position to be effective.

Senior forward Roni Grizzle, who scored 20, and junior guard Lauren Hall, who added 11, were the only two Chieftains to solve Lansing’s defense.

Tonganoxie will close out its regular-season schedule with three straight home games beginning on Friday when THS plays host to Bishop Ward.

Score by quarters

Tonganoxie 8 15 12 8 — 43

Lansing 10 18 14 16 — 58

Tonganoxie scoring

Andie Jeannin 4, Lauren Hall 11, Roni Grizzle 20, Abby Eisman 2, Chrissie Jeannin 4, Danielle Miller 2.

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