KVL’s best too much for Tonganoxie
Tonganoxie High’s girls basketball team stayed within striking distance of the league’s best team for a while, but Lansing remained unbeaten in the Kaw Valley League Tuesday with a 57-41 victory.
After falling behind by double digits in the first quarter, the Chieftains cut their deficit to five in the second quarter and six in the third but couldn’t get over the hump against the Lions (15-2 overall, 10-0 KVL).
THS trailed by 11 after the third quarter and Lansing really turned up the defensive pressure in the final period, forcing Tonganoxie (6-11, 4-6) to six turnovers while holding the home team to six fourth-quarter points.
Chieftains freshman forward Jenny Whitledge scored an easy layup to beat Lansing’s press for the game’s first basket but THS ran into some difficulty after that.
A pair of 5-0 runs in the second quarter (both of which featured a three-pointer from senior Andie Jeannin) were the best stretches Tonganoxie could string together.
Whitledge led her team with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Seniors Jeannin and Lauren Hall scored eight apiece.
The Chieftains travel to Kansas City, Kan., on Friday for a 6 p.m. tip at Bishop Ward.
Score by quarters
LHS 20 12 14 11 — 57
THS 10 13 12 6 — 41
Andie Jeannin 3-7 0-0 8, Lauren Hall 3-11 1-2 8, Danielle Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Jenny Whitledge 5-9 7-10 17, Hannah Kemp 1-7 1-2 3, Tavia Brown 1-4 1-2 3, Haley Smith 1-1 0-0 2.