February 4, 2016
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Tonganoxie High basketball games against Bonner Springs today will be moved up an hour due to another anticipated ice storm. The games, which are being played at Bonner Springs High School, will be moved up an hour. Junior varsity girls now play at 3 p.m. and junior varsity boys 3:15 p.m. Freshmen boys are to start at 4:30 p.m. and varsity girls at 4:45 p.m. Freshmen girls play at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 6:15 p.m.
Tonganoxie routed Heritage Christian Academy, 55-19, Jan. 23, but fell short Friday against Tonganoxie Invitational champ Eudora, 51-37. The THS girls defeated Heritage Christian, 47-35, but then lost to Eudora, 50-22. Both teams are 3-9 and played Turner on Tuesday after The Mirror’s deadline and Piper on Friday, both nights in Tonganoxie.
The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team got a resounding victory at its home tournament Thursday, while the THS girls bounced back from a rough first game Tuesday and nearly knocked off Wamego in the second round. Tbe THS boys shot nearly 53 percent from the field and cruised to a 63-36 victory against Holton in the consolation bracket.
The 59th annual Tonganoxie Invitational begins today with the boys bracket. Eudora plays Metro Academy at 4 p.m. and then De Soto and Holton take the court at 5:30 p.m. Tonganoxie faces Wamego in the final game of the day. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Tonganoxie High basketball teams will go into the break looking to improve on identical 1-3 records. The boys team lost, 69-39, Friday to Piper in Kansas City, Kan., in its 2017 finale.
The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team hoped a third meeting with state-ranked Piper would provide the upset charm, but THS couldn’t pull off the victory. Piper prevailed, 67-50, ending Tonganoxie’s season in a Class 4A Division I substate tournament game at PHS in Kansas City, Kan.
Once his team got in early foul trouble, Tonganoxie coach Matt Frost decided to play a 2-3 zone and pack the paint to force Atchison — known for punishing teams in the paint — to shoot jump shots. But Atchison made 9-of-14 three-pointers, and that was too much for Tonganoxie to overcome in a 58-46 road loss on Friday night. “They haven’t done that all year,” Frost said. “If they’re going to beat us making nine threes there’s not a whole lot you can do about that.”
Tonganoxie High boys can't overcome early deficit in regular-season finale; Piper next in substate Friday
Facing a 13-point deficit just four minutes into the game and missing its starting point guard, Tonganoxie coach David Hillmon admitted it would have been easy for his team to fold. “If you look at our season overall, for guys to stay focused, locked in, and still be committed to the program and the process,” Hillmon said, “that means a whole lot to me as a first-year head coach. We have to continue to trust the process and develop a winning culture.”
With time winding down in the third quarter, junior Taylor Lee had to rush a three-point attempt to get it off before the buzzer. The shot was nothing but net, and Lee, who looked over to her bench in shock, was perhaps the only person in the gym surprised the shot went in.
Just three minutes and 30 seconds into the game, it seemed like it was going to be a long night for the visiting Tonganoxie Chieftains. The Lansing Lions hit five of their first six three-pointers, and before the Chieftains could even blink, they found themselves in a 19-0 hole.
With about 4:30 remaining in the third quarter and the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team down 43-15, it didn’t seem like things could get much worse. But after the Lansing Lions threw up an air ball from beyond the arc, the shot deflected off Chieftain junior Mackenzie Price and went straight into the basket.`
The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team found itself in an enjoyable place last week: the win column. The THS girls defeated Heritage Christian, 57-34, Jan. 26 at the THS gymnasium. The squad followed up with a big victory Friday in Kansas City, Kan. Tonganoxie defeated Bishop Ward, 63-42, on the road and improved to 3-9 with the two-game winning streak.
The Tonganoxie High boys won another nail-biter and then nabbed its first road victory last week. After starting 0-9, the team has won three of its last four games. THS defeated Heritage Christian, 32-30, Jan. 26 at home and then defeated Bishop Ward, 47-38, on Friday in Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains were in a tight game all night against Heritage Christian. Tonganoxie had the largest lead at five points early (10-5). The game also saw four lead changes and six ties. Both teams also had similar runs, with THS’ longest being 11-3 and Heritage Christian’s 11-2.