Kansas City, Kan. Bishop Ward junior CJ Vallejo hit a clutch shot in the final seconds Friday that sent the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team home with a 53-51 loss.
Vallejo drove toward the baseline from the right wing and scored what proved to be the game-winner, a right-handed runner with 1.5 seconds left.
The Chieftains (7-9 overall, 2-8 Kaw Valley League) called a timeout to draw up a full-court play that might tie the game or win it with a three-pointer. But after Dane Erickson caught a long heave from Ben Williams on the left wing, Erickson’s ensuing quick pass intended for Jeremy Carlisle was stolen, sealing the victory for Ward (4-10, 4-5).
After relinquishing a five-point third-quarter lead, THS trailed by five entering the fourth quarter.
However, Tonganoxie mounted a comeback with senior point guard Carlisle’s eightfourth-quarter points.
Carlisle, who led the Chieftains with 21 points, rebounded his own miss and put it in the basket in the first minute before going 6-for-8 at the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Nemaha Valley 57, Perry-Lecompton 23
Perry — The Kaws dropped to 1-14 and will travel on Monday to Santa Fe Trail.
Spring Hill 51, Eudora 37
Eudora — Jordan Ballock scored 14 points in Eudora High’s loss to Spring Hill. The Cardinals (5-11) will play host to DeSoto on Tuesday.
McLouth 41, Jackson Heights 36
McLouth — McLouth was down, 21-19, at halftime and outscored Jackson Heights, 22-15, in the second half.
Jackson Heights hit six three-pointers in the loss.
Mill Valley 34, Bonner Springs 21
Shawnee — Stephanie Lichtenauer had 16 points, Tanner Trip scored 13 points and Mill Valley improved to 14-2 with a victory over Bonner Springs on Friday.
Nemaha Valley 38, Perry-Lecompton 26
Perry — Abbey Bays led the Kaws with 13 points.
Perry-Lecompton (3-13) plays Monday at Santa Fe Trail.
Spring Hill 57, Eudora 52
Eudora — Allie Webb had 16 points, and Anyssa Mays had 15 in a losing effort for Eudora.
Sabetha 43, Santa Fe Trail 29
Sabetha — Shelby Dahl led Santa Fe Trail with 10 points.
Santa Fe Trail took a 20-6 lead after the first quarter.
McLouth 63, Jackson Heights 51
McLouth — McLouth made four three-pointers and was 11 of 18 from the free-throw line.
K.C. Bishop Ward 57, Tonganoxie 53
Kansas City, Kan. — Tonganoxie nearly recovered from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Bishop Ward’s execution in the final minute won the game for the Cyclones (5-10 overall, 3-6 Kaw Valley League). Sophomore Taylor Williams buried a jumper with 41 seconds left to put Ward up, 55-53, and junior Hanna Barnhart hit both ends of a one-and-one with 2.5 seconds left.