Tonganoxie High School girls team heads into sub-state with victory
The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team heads into the postseason with a bit of momentum.
THS won an exciting game with a 57-55 road victory Thursday against Ward in Kansas City, Kan.
Tonganoxie once led by 13 points, but a 13-0 Ward run changed the game dramatically.
The Chieftains jumped out to 12-5 lead in the first quarter and had a 25-23 lead at halftime.
The game had seven ties and eight lead changes before THS eventually pulled away.
“Our kids battled and we made some big shots down the stretch,” Hall said. “Sarah (Ahart) is playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
Ahart was leading scorer with 19 points, while Mackenzie Price scored 11 and Taylor Lee 10. Tressa Walker scored seven, Kaitlin Hall six and Cheyenne Ford four.
THS (6-14) plays top-seeded Sumner (16-4) in the semifinals of a Class 4A Division-I sub-state Friday in Piper.
“Sumner is a team that we can beat if we rebound, take care of the ball and play our game,” David Hall said.
Tip-off is 6 p.m. Friday.
MVHS 61, THS 30
A rough first quarter unfortunately set the tone for the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team on Senior Night.
Mill Valley outscored THS, 18-3, on the Chieftains’ home court heading into the second quarter of the game.
The Chieftains, though, weren’t done on their final home game of the season.
MVHS held a 1-point advantage in the second quarter, as the Jaguars outscored THS, 17-16, in that quarter.
Tonganoxie clawed its way back into the game, cutting the deficit to 16, but another tough quarter — this time an 18-5 MVHS advantage — proved to be too much.
Mill Valley went on to win, 61-30.
“On Tuesday (Feb. 24) we played the league champion Mill Valley on Senior Night,” THS coach David Hall said. “Three seniors played their last game on our home floor: Tressa Walker, Sophie Breedlove and Sara Ahart.”
Kaitlin Hall led the team in scoring with 13 points. Taylor Lee scored five points, while Walker, Breedlove and Ahart each had four points.