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Tongie Chieftains over Ward, 59-23

Tonganoxie senior Mac Thompson (24) and Ward senior Quincy Tabron (3) fought for a rebound. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bishop Ward boys basketball team kept the game close early, but then Tonganoxie ran away with it, posting a 59-23 road win against the Cyclones.

The score was 15-11 in the Chieftains’ favor after the first quarter, with Ward getting three-pointers from Pedro Galvez and Jordan Dominguez-Jones. Tonganoxie used a backcourt trapping defense, but Ward was able to circumvent it with cross-court passes or an outlet down the left sideline.

The game broke open in the second quarter. Ward’s offense was shut out while Tonganoxie went on a 19-point run, including a last-second three-pointer from senior Tanner Thoemke that sent the Chieftains to the locker room on a high note.

Ward got going again in the third quarter, but was never able to make a dent in the Tonganoxie lead. Both coaches substituted extensively in the final quarter, getting some game experience for their reserves.

Senior Mac Thompson led the Chieftains’ scoring with 15 points. Eleven Tonganoxie players scored in the game, and 15 players logged minutes. Ward got 5 points each from Javier Torres-Osuna and Quincy Tabron.

Tonganoxie’s win raised its record to 2-9 in the Kaw Valley League, 4-14 overall. Tonganoxie will play at Bonner Springs at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Ward is still looking for its first win of the season (0-10 KVL, 0-17 overall).

Ward junior Clarence Johnson IV (4) sped across the lane, looking for a teammate on the baseline. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward junior Javier Torres-Osuna (23) defended Tonganoxie senior Chandler Caldwell (34) on the perimeter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Participants in the Bishop Ward Sweetheart Cheer Clinic performed dance routines and cheers with the Ward cheerleaders at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Participants in the Bishop Ward Sweetheart Cheer Clinic performed dance routines and cheers with the Ward cheerleaders at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Participants in the Bishop Ward Sweetheart Cheer Clinic performed dance routines and cheers with the Ward cheerleaders at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward junior Javier Torres-Osuna (23) defended Tonganoxie senior Chandler Caldwell (34) on the perimeter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward junior Vincent Longdon (24) tried a runner in the lane in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward junior Pedro Galvez (14) dribbled along the baseline defended by Tonganoxie freshman Dallas Bond (15). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward senior Quincy Tabron (3) went high for a jump shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward sophomore Andres Torres (34) took a shot over Tonganoxie senior Eric Neas (12). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward sophomore Kua Paw (44) went high for a rebound off a missed free throw in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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Lady Cyclones fall to Tongie, 35-23

Ward senior Yaneli Jacinto (23) drove past Tonganoxie freshman Morgan Brusven (13) on Thursday night. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bishop Ward Lady Cyclones lost at home to Tonganoxie on Thursday night, 35-23.

Ward got in a hole early, 15-4 after the first quarter. The Cyclone guards were unable to penetrate to the basket and took contested shots against the taller Chieftain defenders.

Tonganoxie played patiently on the offensive end, reversing the ball to find an opening for a baseline drive or open shooter on the wing. The Chieftains hit five three-pointers in the game.

Ward played nearly even with Tonganoxie through the remainder of the game, but couldn’t close the early deficit.

Tonganoxie sophomore Lauren Gray led the scoring with 16 points, and was dominant on defensive rebounds, rarely allowing a second-chance shot. Ward sophomore Estephania Tapia posted 9 for the Lady Cyclones, 6 of them in the final quarter.

Tonganoxie’s win improves its record to 3-8 in the Kaw Valley League and 5-13 overall. Tonganoxie will play on Tuesday evening at Bonner Springs. Ward falls to 0-10 in the league (2-16 overall). The Cyclones will play host to Piper at Kansas City Kansas Community College on Tuesday.

Tonganoxie sophomore Lauren Gray (25) pulled down a defensive rebound over Ward sophomore Marissa Brennan (5). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward sophomore Estephania Tapia (12) found plenty of resistance as she drove into the lane for a short jumper. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The Bishop Ward cheerleaders performed stunts during a break in the action. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward sophomore Aliana Rodriguez (35) put up a short baseline jumper. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward freshman Vanessa Otero (31) attempted a contested shot in the lane. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Estephania Tapia drove along the baseline looking for a shot inside. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Ward freshman Rachel Cisneros (34) dribbled the ball at the top of the circle. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Tonganoxie junior Taylor Knipp (23) knocked away a shot from Estephania Tapia but was called for a foul on the play. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Lauren Gray secured one of her many defensive rebounds. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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Harlem Globetrotters visit KU Hospital

Bull Bullard and Hoops Green posed with 16-year-old Sarah outside the pediatrics ward activities room. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Harlem Globetrotters brought some Valentine’s Day love to young patients at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, on Wednesday.

Will “Bull” Bullard and Briana “Hoops” Green of the famed basketball troupe visited several patients in the pediatrics ward and the pediatrics intensive care unit, frequently donning masks and gowns even as they delivered autographs, smiles, and their signature spinning basketball trick.

Green is in her second season with the Globetrotters. She is the 15th woman in the group’s 91-year history, following in the footsteps of KU’s Lynette Woodard, the first female Globetrotter.

Bullard is in his 10th season with the team and is also a three-time participant in TV’s “American Ninja Warrior.”

The Harlem Globetrotters will play three games in the Kansas City area on Feb. 24 and 25 — two daytime games at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri, and an evening game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Bullard and Green put on masks and gowns to visit the room of a young patient. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Aurora’s sister Crista was happy to get a shot of Bullard on her phone. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Aurora pointed to her sister when asked by Bullard to be his valentine. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

KU Hospital CEO Bob Page passed Bullard’s quiz on the first female Globetrotter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bull Bullard is known for his spectacular dunks and long-range shots for the Globetrotters. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Three-year-old Aurora looked way up to see the 6-foot-4 Bullard. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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