Tonganoxie — A tightly contested Kaw Valley League boys basketball game ended in dramatic fashion at Tonganoxie High on Tuesday as Mill Valley escaped with a 65-63 victory over the Chieftains.
Jaguars sophomore Jonathan Anaekwe drove the lane, elevated and avoided the outstretched arm of Tonganoxie senior center Austin Smith to score a layup and give MVHS a 64-62 lead with 28 seconds left.
THS sophomore point guard Jeremy Carlisle immediately pushed the ball up the floor and drew a foul seven seconds later while heading for the rim for a potential tying lay-in. Carlisle hit his first free throw, but missed his second.
Mill Valley’s Max Carroll grabbed the defensive rebound and eventually the ball ended up in the hands of Tanner Rainbolt, who led the Jaguars with 21 points, and he was fouled. At the line with 15 seconds left, Rainbolt missed his first free throw and cashed his second, leaving Tonganoxie a chance to tie or take the lead on its final possession.
After advancing the ball up the floor, THS took a timeout with six seconds left and set up an inbound play on the right sideline. Tonganoxie junior Brandon Yoder threw a lob toward the left block to Keaton Schaffer, who gathered the ball, dribbled back up the lane and hoisted a 10-foot fall-away jumper that missed long. Yoder crashed the glass for a tip-in that just missed.
Smith scored 15 for Tonganoxie, and Carlisle chipped in 12.
Carroll had 16 points for MVHS, and Anaekwe finished with 12.
Tonganoxie (11-8 overall, 7-5 KVL) has its final regular-season contest Friday, when the Chieftains play host to K.C. Piper.
Ottawa 54, Eudora 47
Eudora — Adam Hasty scored 22 points to lead Ottawa past Eudora.
Kevin Barner added 16.
Michael Ricker led Eudora with 12 points.
Ottawa (14-5) next faces Baldwin on Thursday at OHS. Eudora (10-9) will travel to Spring Hill.
Baldwin 47, Atchison 30
Baldwin City — A trio of Bulldogs scored in double figures. Leading the way for Baldwin was Zach Wright with 12 points. Brandon Tommer and Justin Vander Tuig added 11 and 10, respectively.
Basehor-Linwood 62, Perry-Lecompton 37
Perry — Andy Bowman scored nine points as Perry-Lecompton lost to Basehor-Linwood.
The loss drops the Kaws to 10-9. They will play Friday at Santa Fe Trail.
Santa Fe Trail 87, Bonner Springs 72
Carbondale — Dalton Abel scored 19 points to lead six Santa Fe Trail players in double figures.
Santa Fe Trail (6-13) will entertain Perry-Lecompton on Friday.
Jackson Heights 53, McLouth 48
Holton — Derrick Crouse had 19 points and Cole Batman 18 in a losing cause.
McLouth fell to 2-17.
Oskaloosa 55, Kansas City Christian 50
Oskaloosa — J.T. Thurston scored 21 points, and Chase Tenpenny added 14 as Oskie won a thriller.
Tonganoxie 60, Mill Valley 56
Tonganoxie — Even though the Mill Valley girls were without senior guard Becky Newhouse, the Jaguars gave the Chieftains all they could handle.
Mill Valley led in the final two minutes, but THS senior forward Roni Grizzle scored on a turnaround jumper with 51 seconds to go and hit both ends of a one-and-one with :18 remaining to lift Tonganoxie to a victory.
Grizzle’s free throws put Tonganoxie (14-5 overall, 9-3 Kaw Valley League) up three, and the Jaguars (11-8, 10-2), after calling a timeout, went to the hot hand of sophomore guard Emily Altman to tie the game. However, Altman, who scored a game-high 27 points and had hit three three-pointers, was blocked by THS senior guard Chrissie Jeannin on her final attempt from downtown. Jeannin then recovered the block and was fouled. She hit her first free throw with four seconds left to seal the Tonganoxie victory.
Grizzle and Chrissie Jeannin scored 20 apiece, and Andie Jeannin added 18.
Tonganoxie will play host to K.C. Piper on Friday.
Ottawa 51, Eudora 34
Eudora — Bailey Scott scored nine points to lead Eudora. Shelby Miller led Ottawa with 14, and Kristen Hendrickson added 11.
Eudora (12-7) will travel Friday to Spring Hill.
Baldwin 72, Atchison 39
Baldwin City — Tracie Weege scored all 13 of her points in the first quarter to lead Baldwin.
McLouth 61, Jackson Heights 36
Holton — Missy Rome had a game-high 28 points as McLouth (9-10) routed Jackson Heights.
Oskaloosa 52, K.C. Christian 38
Oskaloosa — Nicole Rockhold scored 16 points to lead Oskaloosa (16-3 overall, 9-1 Delaware Valley League).