Tonganoxie 53, Perry-Lecompton 22
Tonganoxie — The Tonganoxie High student section is known for chanting about its desire for a “T-town beatdown.”
The fans went home happy Friday night.
The Chieftains boys basketball team’s defense dominated the first half, holding the Kaws (2-11 overall, 0-7 Kaw Valley League) to 3-for-27 shooting.
That performance turned the opening two quarters into a series of THS runs: 11-0, 6-0, 5-0 and 8-0.
Tonganoxie (7-7, 4-3) led by 24 at the break and really put the game away with a big third quarter.
Chieftains senior forward Keaton Schaffer scored seven of his 14 points in the third, while junior forward Austin Vickers scored five and sophomore center Dane Erickson scored four.
With a running fourth-quarter clock, THS scored just three points, but it hardly mattered in such a one-sided affair.
The home team was up so big in the second quarter that seldom-used reserve guards Colby Yates and Ben Williams both got a few minutes of early action, and each scored.
Yates, a sophomore, stole an errant Kaws pass, threw it ahead to Vickers, then got it back for a pretty fast-break basket that put the Chieftains up, 22-3, and he later scored again on a baseline drive.
Williams, also a sophomore, drove hard to the basket and finished strong over the defense with 32 seconds left, giving THS a 32-8 lead heading into halftime.
Erickson finished with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Senior Tonganoxie forward Justin Jacobs led the team with nine rebounds.
For the game, THS held Perry-Lecompton to 9-for-47 shooting (19 percent).
Tonganoxie travels to Bonner Springs on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
Ottawa 42, Paola 30
Ottawa — Semi Ojeleye had 16 points and Kevin Barber added eight as Ottawa slipped past Paola.
Ottawa improved to 11-3 and will play host Tuesday to Metro Academy. Paola fell to 8-7.
Basehor-Linwood 78, Mill Valley 30
Basehor — Basehor-Linwood built an early lead and used a 39-9 halftime advantage to rout Mill Valley
Valley Falls 48, McLouth 41
Valley Falls — Cole Batman had 11 points in a losing cause. McLouth fell to 3-11.
Spring Hill 85, De Soto 77
Spring Hill — Brandan Philbrook led De Soto with 19 points. Jordan Miller had 33 for Spring Hill.
Perry-Lecompton 42, Tonganoxie 29
A seven-point effort in the first half led to a third straight Kaw Valley League loss for Tonganoxie.
THS (5-8 overall, 3-3 KVL) only scored three baskets in the first half and would have gone scoreless in the second quarter had freshman guard Hannah Kemp not knocked in an elbow jumper with 1:15 to go.
Tonganoxie trailed the Kaws, 18-7, at halftime and only momentarily cut the deficit to single digits with baskets from Danielle Miller and Jenny Whitledge to open the third quarter.
PLHS (9-4, 4-3) responded with a 6-0 run and maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the way.
“It’s really hard to evaluate how (Perry-Lecompton) played knowing that we definitely didn’t play very well ourselves,” Tonganoxie coach Randy Kraft said. “Not to take anything away from them, but when we don’t put our best effort out there, it’s really hard to gauge.”
Whitledge led the Chieftains with 11 points.
McLouth 41, Valley Falls 39
Valley Falls — Kylie Shufflebarger scored 16 points, and Missy Rome added 13 as McLouth (10-5) clipped Valley Falls.
De Soto 50, Spring Hill 38
Spring Hill — Shelbi Petty had 21 points and Katie Gorman 10 in De Soto’s victory.
Gardner-Edgerton 47, Baldwin 35
Baldwin City — Baldwin scored just eight points in the first half of an eventual 12-point loss to Gardner.