THS girls suffer Senior Night ‘L’
Senior Night wasn’t very sweet for the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team Friday.
The Chieftains dropped their final home game of the season to Piper, 52-41.
Down 12 points in the fourth quarter with just more than four minutes remaining, THS put together a 9-1 run but couldn’t cut the Pirates’ lead below four.
Junior Danielle Miller scored off a cut to the paint to kickoff the final push and less than a minute later, Tonganoxie (6-14 overall, 4-9 Kaw Valley League) cut its deficit to seven when freshman Jenny Whitledge scored and drew a foul to set up a three-point play.
On the Chieftains’ next possession, senior guard Andie Jeannin stroked two free throws and Whitledge hit two more with 2:23 to go, making Piper’s lead 45-41.
However, those were the last points THS could score as PHS closed the game with a 7-0 run.
The game was tied at halftime but the Pirates held Tonganoxie to three third-quarter field goals — a three from Hannah Kemp, an elbow jumper from Tavia Brown and a bucket inside from Whitledge.
Whitledge almost single-handedly kept the Chieftains in the game in the second quarter, when she scored 12 of her team’s 15 points (senior guard Lauren Hall helped her out with a three-pointer).
The postseason begins Monday at 7 p.m. for THS as the team travels to Hoyt to take on Royal Valley (10-10) in a first-round sub-state game.
Score by quarters
PHS 6 17 15 14 — 52
THS 8 15 7 11 — 41
Andie Jeannin 0-8 2-2 2, Lauren Hall 2-8 0-0 5, Danielle Miller 1-4 1-2 3, Jenny Whitledge 7-13 8-9 22, Lindsey Fatherley 1-2 0-0 2, Hannah Kemp 2-4 0-0 5, Tavia Brown 1-2 0-0 2.