Hiawatha For Tonganoxie, one out of three wasn't bad.
The Chieftains, who dropped two regular-season games to Lansing, defeated the top-seeded Lions, 70-64, on Friday to reach the Class 4A high school boys basketball sub-state championship at Hiawatha High.
Lansing looked to advance early, thanks to four three-pointers in the first quarter and a 20-11 lead. Tonganoxie, though, outscored Lansing in each of the next three quarters.
The Lions (16-6) finished 10-for-30 from behind the arc and shot 36 percent overall. No. 5 seed Tonganoxie (12-10) shot 50 percent from the field.
Chieftain coach David Walker said he was impressed with how his team responded in the fourth quarter. Tonganoxie never trailed in the final period.
"That was the key," Walker said. "We kept our composure."
Tonganoxie, guaranteed its first winning season in 10 years, will play No. 6 Atchison in the sub-state finals at 8 tonight.
Tonganoxie 70, Lansing 64
Tonganoxie 11 23 15 21 70
Lansing 20 17 9 18 64
Tonganoxie (12-10) Jacob Walker 11, Shane Howard 15, Jordan Glenn 8, Thomas Gilner 8, Jon Gripka 5, Matt Alexander 6, Bryan Gurss 16, Joe Calovich 1.
Lansing (16-6) David Jackson 6, Hosea Morgan 11, Brian Kern 12, Billy Morehead 4, Joey McKee 14, Thomas Davis 17.