Chieftains fall in sub-state final
Perry Rival Basehor-Linwood High ended the Tonganoxie boys basketball season in a Class 4A sub-state final on Saturday night as the Bobcats beat the Chieftains, 68-50, to qualify for the state tournament.
Tonganoxie (14-9) trailed by 13 entering the fourth quarter but showed resolve, cutting the deficit under double digits halfway through the period before Basehor-Linwood (19-4) pulled away.
THS junior Keaton Schaffer started the fourth by hitting a runner with 7:48 to go.
The next few minutes featured a back-and-forth contest of three-point marksmanship between BLHS senior Tanner Bowers and Chieftains sophomore Jeremy Carlisle. Bowers drained a three at 7:22 and Carlisle responded at the 7:00 mark. Then Bowers answered with a three and Carlisle matched him again. Bowers cashed his fourth and final trey of the game with 5:52 to go, putting the Bobcats up 14.
Tonganoxie then made a push to keep things interesting. Senior Austin Smith scored on a drop-step in the paint with 5:40 to play. A Schaffer drive just inside five minutes cut the hole to 10. Junior Brandon Yoder then sank a free throw with 4:01 remaining but 56-47 was as close as the Chieftains got.
The Bobcats hit 10 of 13 free throws down the stretch to earn a state tournament berth.
Smith led Tonganoxie with 16 points in his THS finale. Schaffer added 14. Bowers’ 17 led all scorers.
For more on Tonganoxie’s sub-state final, pick up the March 11 print edition of The Mirror.
Score by quarters
Tonganoxie 11 11 12 16 — 50
Basehor-Linwood 17 14 16 21 — 68
Jamie Everett 2, Keaton Schaffer 14, Jeremy Carlisle 9, Brandon Yoder 4, Austin Smith 16, Dylan Scates 1, Jace Waters 4.
Chandler Schaake 15, Colin Murphy 4, Mark Vaca 2, Richie O’Donnell 8, Ryan Murphy 7, Tanner Bowers 17, Clint Schierbaum 5, Justin Gripka 5, Anthony Pierce 5.
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