Tonganoxie boys’ shots at victory just miss mark
Tonganoxie High came so close to two more victories in the win column. Instead, Lansing swept THS in season series in a span of four days.
The teams played their regularly scheduled game Friday in Lansing and then squared off Monday in Tonganoxie for a rescheduled contest.
After a 50-45 loss Friday, Tonganoxie looked to split the season series Monday. That unfortunately didn’t happen for THS, which had a chance to tie or win the game in the closing seconds. Tonganoxie had the ball with about 11 seconds left, but THS couldn’t convert. Lansing won, 50-48, as THS dropped to 3-13 overall and 1-8 in the Kaw Valley League.
The teams had another exciting back-and-forth game Monday, with THS getting the early lead. THS led, 18-12, after a quarter, but LHS responded and knotted the game at 27 heading into the locker room at halftime. Lansing held one-point advantages in the final two quarters, which was the difference in the game.
Chandler Caldwell scored a game-high 20 points in the losing effort. Mac Thompson almost was in double figures with nine.
Lansing 50, THS 45
Tonganoxie couldn’t hold on to a lead heading into the fourth quarter against Lansing on Friday at LHS.
Tonganoxie carried a 36-32 lead into the final stanza, but Lansing rallied and pulled ahead for the victory.
Tonganoxie shot 43 percent from the field (17-for-40) in the first meeting.
The Chieftains were 11-for-23 from inside the arc (48 percent). The team also connected on 6 three-pointers, as Dylan Kleidosty, Chandler Caldwell each had two three’s. Dakota Grey and Keaton Rickard each had one three-pointer. The team also went 5-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Top scorers for THS were Grey with 11, Caldwell with 10 and Kleidosty 8.
Tonganoxie will look to pick up some final victories before substate rolls around March 2-4 in Kansas City, Kan.
THS was home to Turner after The Mirror’s print deadline yesterday and on Friday is in Kansas City, Kan., for a game against Bishop Ward. The team is back home next week for a Tuesday game against Bonner Springs in the home finale. On Feb. 24, Tonganoxie travels to Atchison for a non conference game in the season finale.
Tonganoxie will play in a Class 4A Division I substate tournament March 2-4 in Kansas City, Kan. Piper is the host, with Atchison and Basehor-Linwood the other tournament teams.
LHS 50, THS 48
Score by quarters
LHS 12 15 15 8 — 50
THS 18 9 14 7 — 48
Tonganoxie — Mason Beach 5, Eric Neas 5, Mac Thompson 9, Keaton Rickard 5, Dakota Grey 4, Chandler Caldwell 20.
Lansing — Hunley 4, Dill 6, Robinson 16, Jenkins 10, Sutton 2, McQuillon (23) 8, McQuillon (34) 3.
LHS 50, THS 45
Score by quarters
THS 9 14 13 9 — 45
LHS 12 9 11 18 — 50
Tonganoxie — Mason Beach 4, Isaiah Frese 2, Mac Thompson 7, Keaton Rickard 3, Dakota Grey 11, Chandler Caldwell 10, Dylan Kleidosty 8.
Lansing — Individual scoring not available.