THS girls improve to 3-0 in KVL
Outside shots weren’t falling on Tuesday night for the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team, but the Chieftains’ defense and rebounding made it a non-issue.
Tonganoxie won its third straight game and improved to 3-0 in the Kaw Valley League with a 48-40 road win at Turner.
THS coach Randy Kraft said defense was key in the victory but the biggest difference might have been the team’s rebounding on both ends of the floor.
When shots misfired, Tonganoxie (3-3) secured rebounds and scored second-chance points.
Nobody did that better than freshman Jenny Whitledge, who led the Chieftains with 28 points and got to the hoop with drives when she wasn’t finding put-back opportunities.
The career-high points night from Whitledge was much needed as the team’s second-leading scorer for the evening was Hannah Kemp with six.
Most of the Chieftains, Kraft said, were just missing shots they usually make, including senior long-range specialist Lauren Hall, who missed all of her three-point attempts.
THS looks to get above .500 on Friday, when the team travels to Kansas City, Kan., to take on Piper.
Score by quarters
Tonganoxie 7 18 11 12 - 48
Turner 5 14 6 15 - 40
Tonganoxie scoring: Haley Smith 3, Andie Jeannin 3, Lauren Hall 2, Danielle Miller 4, Jenny Whitledge 28, Amanda Holroyd 1, Hannah Kemp 6.