Tonganoxie 60, Lansing 31
Tonganoxie — Madee Walker and Jenny Whitledge each scored 15 points, and Tonganoxie opened its season with a high school girls basketball rout of Class 5A Lansing on Friday.
The Chieftains (1-0, 1-0 Kaw Valley League) led by one point at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Lions (0-1, 0-1) by a 22-8 margin in the second. THS scored the first 12 points of the second half to put the game on ice.
Four Chieftains reached double figures in the team’s season opener. Hannah Kemp and Katelyn Waldeier scored 10 points apiece. Walker and Waldeier tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven each. Defensively, the Chieftains held Lansing to a 22.2 field goal percentage, including just 9.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Morgan Bromell led the Lions with 13 points.
Baldwin 56, Jefferson North 43
Winchester — Baldwin fought back from a large early deficit to defeat defending 2A state champions Jefferson County North.
Jefferson County took an 18-2 lead just past the midway point of the first quarter behind junior Jacee Kramer, who score 11 of her game-high 21 points in the opening period.
Baldwin was able to chip away at the lead, taking its first lead, 39-38, on a basket by junior Katie Jones with 40 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Senior Kailyn Smith, who led Baldwin in scoring with 18 points, scored five-straight points on a three-pointer and two free throws, putting the Bulldogs up, 47-40, with 2:50 remaining in the game.
Lansing 73, Tonganoxie 57
Tonganoxie — Tonganoxie couldn’t overcome a slow start in a season-opening loss to Lansing. The Lions, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, got double-digit scoring performances by four different players, including Joe Schneider’s game-high 19-point night.
Roy Clayter, Khalil Bailey and Clay Young added 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
John Lean led THS with 16 points, while Lansing transfer Blair Mathisen scored 10 against his former school.
Baldwin 63, JCN 43
Winchester — Baldwin pulled away early against overmatched JCN.
The 4A Bulldogs built a double-digit lead, 14-4, with 2:30 to play in the first quarter and were never threatened by the 2A Chargers. Senior Caleb Gaylord led the way for Baldwin, scoring 18 points.