Santa Fe Trail 40
Carbondale — Tonganoxie High’s boys basketball team, powered by its most balanced scoring attack of the season, pulled off a convincing road victory Friday night.
Seven Chieftains entered the scoring column in the victory with outputs ranging from five (Brandon Yoder) to 13 (Keaton Schaffer).
The Chargers took their first and only lead early in the second quarter when Stuart Kraus scored inside to give SFTHS a 19-18 advantage. However, Tonganoxie (8-4) swung the momentum in its favor with a 13-0 run after that brief deficit.
THS sub Justin Jacobs scored to give the Chieftains the lead for good. The rest of the run featured five points from Schaffer, two baskets from Jamie Everett and a transition layup from Jeremy Carlisle.
Jace Waters scored 12 points, all in the second half, for Tonganoxie, and the team’s big man, Austin Smith, scored nine points despite spending the bulk of the game on the bench because of foul trouble.
Tonganoxie will travel to Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday.
De Soto 57, Baldwin 45
Baldwin City — First it was three-pointers. Then it was free throws that seemed to fall effortlessly Friday for the De Soto High boys basketball team.
The Wildcats sank 10 shots from behind the arc and 15 of 18 foul shots to clinch a Frontier League victory over Baldwin, 57-45.
De Soto’s Brendon Hudson scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Wildcats. Brandan Philbrook added 15 points.
Justin Vander Tuig led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Brandon Tommer chipped in 11.
Paola 49, Eudora 45
Eudora — Justin Ballock led Eudora with nine points.
The Cardinals (8-5) trailed by seven early in the first quarter but came back to take a 24-19 lead at the half. Paola eventually took a 33-26 lead in the third, but Eudora answered with a 13-3 run to retake the lead by three at the end of three quarters. But Paola outscored Eudora, 13-6, in the final period to hold on.
Eudora has lost four in a row and will travel Tuesday to Metro Academy.
KC East Christian 60, McLouth 36
Leavenworth — Gavin Swearingin scored 12 poins and Derrick Crouse 11 in a losing cause.
McLouth fell to 1-11; Kansas City East Christian improved to 20-5.
Tonganoxie girls 46, Santa Fe Trail 44
Carbondale — Tonganoxie rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit.
After the Chargers’ Kate Badger scored a layup to give SFTHS its biggest lead in the third quarter, the Chieftains (9-3) went on an 8-0 run to close the third quarter with a lay-in by Roni Grizzle, three free throws from Andie Jeannin, one freebie from Grizzle and a jumper from Haley Smith in the final seconds of the period.
Santa Fe Trail and Tonganoxie matched each other score for score the first few minutes of the fourth quarter — two Grizzle free throws were countered with a Shara Luther bucket, and a three-pointer from THS guard Lauren Hall was answered with a basket from Cassie Pryor — before senior THS point guard Chrissie Jeannin went on a personal 8-0 run and gave her team a 41-40 lead with 4:36 remaining.
Paola 54, Eudora 34
Eudora — Haley Epperson scored 16 points, but the Eudora girls had too many turnovers and missed shots.
Eudora trailed, 17-4, at the end of the first period but crawled back into the game. Epperson scored Eudora’s first nine points in the second quarter, and Eudora cut the lead to six at 27-21 on a field goal by Bailey Scott early in the third quarter. But Paola answered with a 22-7 run to put Eudora (8-4) away.
Eudora will travel Monday to K.C. Sumner Academy.
Jefferson Co. North 53, McLouth 27
Winchester — McLouth never recovered from a two-point first quarter of a Jefferson County North Tournament game.
Missy Rome led the Bulldogs with 12 points.
Oskaloosa 52, ACCHS 39
Winchester — Nicole Rockhold scored 17 points to lead Oskaloosa to victory in the Jefferson County North tournament.
Perry-Lecompton 51, Atchison 28
Winchester — Katie Volle scored 16 and eight different Kaws scored at least two points in a Jefferson County North Tournament victory.