February 4, 2016
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Here are updated results and remaining schedule for the 2019 Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament
The 60th annual Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament could have some schedule changes later in the week due to another round of anticipated inclement weather. Tonganoxie officials are trying to be proactive with the threat of potential winter weather Saturday. Championship and consolation semifinals are being moved up a day so that a decision can be made later this week whether to play final rounds on Friday or Saturday.
Drake Pray set the tone for Tonganoxie early in the Chieftains’ Frontier League game against Ottawa at THS. Pray picked off an Ottawa pass and took it the other way for a layup and the first points of the game. By the time the first quarter ended, Pray had seven of Tonganoxie’s points and the Chieftains were up, 15-13, entering the second quarter. After the hot start, though, Ottawa responded with a 22-6 advantage in the second quarter. Tonganoxie pecked away at the deficit, but Ottawa eventually escaped with a 55-49 victory in the first game of 2019 for both teams.
The past few days likely will be sticking in Drew Williams’ mind for decades to come. The Tonganoxie High girls coach was preparing for Friday’s home game against Ottawa, which also was the first game of the new year. While game planning Thursday and Friday, Williams also was substitute teacher planning — wife, Lauren, could have her baby any day.
Eudora kept both Tonganoxie High basketball teams winless in Frontier League play Thursday. The Cardinals won the girls game, 54-12, and then swept the varsity games with a 42-21 victory in the boys game. EHS spoiled Tonganoxie’s season openers with two routs. The Eudora girls improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Frontier League play, while the EHS boys now are 3-2 and 1-1. The Tonganoxie girls fell to 1-3 and 0-2, while the THS boys now are 2-2 and 0-2.
Tonganoxie enters basketball play Thursday with both the boys and girls teams coming off victories. The girls improved to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in Frontier League play following a 40-8 victory Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan., against Turner.
The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team lost a close one Tuesday in Perry. THS looked to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Louisburg, but fell just short. Perry-Lecompton prevailed, 43-39, dropping THS to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Frontier League play. The Chieftains will try to regroup this week as they prepare for their next game this coming Tuesday against Turner in Kansas City, Kan.
A big fourth quarter pushed the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team to its first victory of the season Tuesday. THS trailed Perry-Lecompton, 34-30, entering the fourth quarter, but an 18-5 fourth quarter helped Tonganoxie to a 48-39 road victory at Perry.
Abby Ogle, Baldwin — Setting the tone with intense defense and strong scoring, Ogle was a unanimous first-team all-Frontier League selection. The 5-foot-7 senior guard averaged 17.4 points, 6.4 steals and 4.4 assists per game, scoring more than 1,000 points in her varsity career. She averaged 21 points in the Class 4A-II state tournament, the program’s third appearance in the last four years.
Tonganoxie had two players make the all-Kaw Valley League basketball teams this year. Morgan Brusven was honorable mention for the girls team and Mac Thompson honorable mention for the boys team. The girls finished the season 5-16, while the boys went 4-17. It was the final basketball season for the Kaw Valley League. Tonganoxie, Piper and Bonner Springs all will compete in the Frontier League, while several other KVL teams will join a new conference with Leavenworth and other area schools.
The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team had a shot at the upset Friday in a Class 4A Division I substate game against Piper. THS got out to a slow start, falling behind, 13-5, in the first quarter. But the Chieftains chipped away at the lead, closing the gap the next two quarters. The game headed into the final quarter with the Pirates clinging to a 35-32 lead.
Tonganoxie High basketball swept Atchison in regular-season finales on Friday The THS girls (6-14) defeated AHS, 41-28, while the boys (5-15) dropped Atchison, 65-45. Atchison also will be in the same Class 4A Division I substate as Tonganoxie later this week at Basehor-Linwood.
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.