De Soto 30, Tonganoxie 29
Despite holding the De Soto High girls basketball team to no field goals in the final six-plus minutes, Tonganoxie couldn’t capitalize and fell Tuesday in the first round of its home tournament.
The Chieftains had a one-point lead with just 11 seconds remaining, but Wildcats senior forward Katie Gorman hit two free throws that proved to be the game-winners.
THS (2-5) had one last chance at a victory in its Tonganoxie Invitational opener but a contested 15-foot jumper by junior guard Haley Smith rimmed out as time expired.
De Soto’s only fourth-quarter field goal came with 6:42 to play, when senior point guard Shelbi Petty scored on a transition layup and the Wildcats (6-4) didn’t score again until Taylor Saucerman hit the front end of a one-and-one at the free-throw line with 25 seconds left.
However, Tonganoxie couldn’t take advantage in that stretch, scoring just six points as DHS struggled.
Oskaloosa 48, Perry-Lecompton 38
Oskaloosa — The Bears held the Kaws to three points in the first quarter.
Baldwin 50, Kansas City Christian 45
Baldwin City — Chad Berg made the most of his first-ever varsity boys basketball start on Tuesday night.
The Baldwin High freshman scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs defeat Kansas City Christian in the first round of the Baldwin Invitational Tournament.
Baldwin will face Wellsville at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Wellsville 45, Perry-Lecompton 28
Baldwin — Jacob Brown led Wellsville with 11 points in the victory in the Baldwin Invitational. Jeremy Immenschuh scored eight points for Perry-Lecompton.
Silver Lake 55, Tonganoxie 40
Silver Lake was more than ready to start defending its Tonganoxie Invitational crown and last year’s runner-up didn’t match its intensity.
In a rematch of the tournament’s 2010 title game, the Eagles cruised to a win over host Tonganoxie.
The Chieftains (2-6) held a very brief lead in the opening minute before SLHS (7-2) began a 15-1 first-quarter run that had THS reeling.
Valley Falls 64, McLouth 46
McLouth — Fueled by a 15-4 advantage after the first quarter, Valley Falls defeated McLouth on Tuesday in the McLouth Invitational. Both teams moved to 4-3 on the season.