Tonganoxie — Led by a virtuoso outing from junior center Dane Erickson, the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team defeated Kansas City Piper, 70-66, Friday night for its first Kaw Valley League win of the season.
The Chieftains’ 6-foot-5 pivot succeeded on all 13 of his field-goal attempts and went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line to finish with 30 points in a tight, much-needed victory.
THS coach Shawn Phillips was impressed with Erickson’s stat line and didn’t realize until after the win that the junior was perfect from the floor.
Phillips said Tonganoxie (6-6 overall, 1-5 KVL) wanted to exploit the Pirates’ lack of interior size by feeding the big man.
“When we were patient, he got layup opportunities,” the coach said. “He’s good at finishing around the rim, and he finished every single one of them. That’s a really good night. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a kid shoot that many shots and make them all.”
The Chieftains needed each of Erickson’s buckets, because Piper (3-10, 1-6) made a late push in the fourth quarter, as Tonganoxie struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just eight of 16 attempts.
Senior Dylan Scates scored 13 points off the bench for Tonganoxie,.
Paola 52, Baldwin 45
Paola — Despite picking up two fouls in the first four minutes, Justin Vander Tuig scored 22 points in a loss for Baldwin.
Sabetha 34, Perry-Lecompton 32
Perry — Jonathan Denton scored 13 points for Perry-Lecompton in a losing effort.
Louisburg 42, Eudora 36
Louisburg — Jordan Ballock put up 16 points for the Cardinals in a losing effort.
Wathena 53, McLouth 39
Wathena — McLouth (6-7) was outscored, 20-13, in the first quarter and never recovered.
Oskaloosa 50, Jackson Heights 28
Holton — Haley Pfau and Hailey Kelly each scored 15 points in Oskaloosa’s rout of the Cobras.
Baldwin 53, Paola 46
Paola — Ramie Burkhart scored a career-high 27 points to lead Baldwin.
Burkhart scored 21 points in the first half. Monica Howard also scored in double figures with 10 points.
Tonganoxie 49, K.C. Piper 31
Tonganoxie — This week’s winter storm kept Tongie away from the court until a Thursday practice, but the break didn’t seem to affect junior guard Amanda Holroyd.
The Chieftains gunner went for 20 points in a victory over Piper.
Holroyd caught fire in the second quarter, when her eight points keyed a 12-3 THS run.
She knocked down four three-pointers in the victory, which didn’t really surprise her coach, Randy Kraft.
“That’s Amanda. When she’s on, she’s on fire, and she was shooting the ball well tonight,” he said. “That carried over into her defense or because she was playing defense well, she caught fire on offense. I thought both ends of the floor she played a really fine game.”
Holroyd’s four steals and three rebounds helped Tonganoxie (5-7 overall, 2-4 Kaw Valley League), but her scoring punch made a huge difference against Piper (4-8, 1-5), because no one else on the team made more than three field goals.
Sophomore Jenny Whitledge scored seven points for the Chieftains.
Tonganoxie will entertain Basehor-Linwood at 4 p.m. Saturday.