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THS girls fall to Silver Lake in third-place game

Jenny Whitledge brings the ball up the court in Tonganoxie's 53-47 loss to Silver Lake.

Jenny Whitledge brings the ball up the court in Tonganoxie's 53-47 loss to Silver Lake.

January 19, 2013, 5:54 p.m.

Updated: January 19, 2013, 10:10 p.m.

TOURNEY RESULTS

Seventh-place game

Atchison 47, Lansing 43

Fifth-place game

Eudora 31, Bishop Seabury 26

Third-place game

Silver Lake 53, Tonganoxie 47

Championship game

Chanute 39, De Soto 32

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Allie Webb, Eudora

Taylor White, Silver Lake

Mackenzie Freeman, Silver Lake

Ashlyn Lane, Silver Lake

Katelyn Waldeier, Tonganoxie

Jenny Whitledge, Tonganoxie

Shelby Trout, Chanute

Macy Flowers, Chanute

Paige Williams, De Soto

Megan Bonar, De Soto

Most Inspirational Player

Shelby Deghand, De Soto

Most Valuable Player

Brenna Olson, Chanute

For the second time in as many days, missed opportunities led to disappointment for the Tonganoxie High girls.

The Chieftains led Silver Lake by four points at halftime, but an offensive lull in the third quarter allowed the Eagles to come back for a 53-47 win in the third-place game at the Tonganoxie Invitational.

Looking to rebound from Friday's last-second loss to Chanute, THS (8-3) jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter. However, the Eagles (9-2) found their footing and slowly chipped away at the the deficit. They closed the gap to four at the break, 29-25, and took their first lead midway through the third quarter.

Tonganoxie struggled to score in the period, as many of its shot attempts bounced off the front of the rim.

"We hit a point where we kind of fell in love with the outside shot," coach Randy Kraft said. "Our legs were getting a little tired. Everything we shot was dead on and short. That's when we've got to attack the basket more, and we didn't do that until late in the fourth."

SLHS entered the fourth quarter with a 39-35 advantage, and the Chieftains never regained the lead.

Ashlyn Lane led Silver Lake with 21 points and Mackenzie Freeman added 10. Lane put the game away from the free throw line, sinking eight straight in the final minutes.

"They have a couple really good players," Kraft said of the Eagles. "You have to guard Freeman and we knew (Lane) was good, but they've got other kids that can play their role. The whole team is probably the most athletic in this tournament."

Katelyn Waldeier led THS with 14 points, while Jenny Whitledge scored 11 and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double. Both were named to the girls all-tournament team.

The back-to-back losses to close out tournament play are the first consecutive defeats this season for Kraft's squad, which is just 2-3 in its last five games.

"When you go 1-2 in your tournament, that's disappointing," Kraft said. "I really felt like we only played one really good game, and that was (Saturday). Even though we had a bad scoring third quarter, we didn't play bad. The other two games we played were subpar for us."

THS will have nearly a week off before it returns to the court Friday at Atchison.

Score by quarter

Silver Lake 11 14 14 14 — 53

Tonganoxie 19 10 6 12 — 47

Individual scoring

SILVER LAKE — Ashlyn Lane 6-10 8-10 21, Mackenzie Freeman 3-10 2-2 10, Madison Wegner 3-8 0-0 7, Katlyn Kirkwood 2-2 1-1 5, Taylor White 2-6 0-0 4, Alexis Campbell 1-1 0-2 2, Jordan Yoder 1-2 0-0 2, Logan Bledsoe 1-5 0-0 2.

TONGANOXIE — Katelyn Waldeier 7-14 0-2 14, Jenny Whitledge 5-11 1-3 11, Hannah Kemp 4-7 0-0 8, Madee Walker 3-7 0-0 8, Sarah Ahart 1-1 0-0 2, Kara Banks 1-3 0-0 2, Emily Soetaert 1-6 0-0 2.

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