Mill Valley boys win on senior night, girls’ spoiled
Shawnee All the Mill Valley High boys wanted to do on Senior Night Tuesday night was win, and they did 55-51.
It was the sophomore who came up big in the winning effort. In the final minutes, the Jaguars had four sophomores — Logan Koch, Clayton Holmberg, Kasey Conklin and Christian Jegen — and senior Drew Boatwright on the floor.
Holmberg led the way with 17 points, 13 coming at the free throw line. Koch added 14 and Conklin knocked down a quartet of triples for 12 points. Jegen scored only two points, but it came with 33 seconds left to extend the lead to four.
Jegen grabbed an offensive rebound on a Koch miss and put it up and in.
MVHS and the Chieftains were evenly matched for 31 minutes, until Conklin put the Jaguars up for good with a corner three with 58 seconds remaining.
Tongie came down on its next possession and there the ball away setting up Jegen's outback.
Tyler Ford, who scored nine points for THS, missed a shot that had a long rebound. Nobody grabbed it and MVHS's Boatwright boxed out a Tongie player and let the ball go out of bounds.
James Grizzle led the Chieftains with 18 points, Jack Dale added 12.
THS girls play spoiler
Led by Katelyn Waldeier and Emily Soetaert, who each scored 13 points for Tonganoxie, the Chieftains knocked off Mill Valley 39-24.
The Chieftains led 25-9 at halftime holding the Lady Jaguars to 3 of 20 shooting on 23 possessions, including six turnovers.
MVHS finally started to get its offense going in the third quarter, but THS matched, keeping the lead in double digits heading to the fourth quarter.
Each team made a single basket in the third quarter, which saw four total points of offense. Tonganoxie had no reason to score being up 14. It swung the ball and opted for good shots. However, it turned the ball over on three of four possessions to start the quarter. Mill Valley could never capitalize on those mistakes.
Sarah Ahart scored six for THS, while Tressa Walker added five. Catie Kaifes scored six for Mill Valley. Kylie Lewis scored five in her final home game, Courtney Carlson and Jabria Legett each had four.
The two resume action on Thursday. Mill Valley travels to Basehor-Linwood High, while Tonganoxie hosts Bonner Springs High. The girls are scheduled to tip at 5:45 p.m., with the boys following after.