DHS girls earn split in Kaw Valley League games
Allie Heinen was virtually all of De Soto's offense in the season- opening win over Mill Valley. But the Wildcats proved that they are not a one-dimensional team in their 49-39 win over Tonganoxie Friday night in De Soto.
In fact. De Soto was without the services of Heinen for a good part of the third and fourth quarters because she lost a contact lens.
"I think the key to the game was the balance we were able to produce," said Wildcat Head Coach Dwight Spencer. "We actually looked for Allie less tonight."
Spencer admitted after the game the coaching staff had a hard time getting the rest of the team to put the ball up. He stressed the importance for others to get involved in the offense to free Heinen up a bit.
"Other teams are going to focus on stopping Allie," Spencer said. "If the others get involved in the mix it makes it difficult to collapse in on her ."
It appeared at times as though De Soto was ready to pull away from Tonganoxie, but the Chieftains always had an answer.
During the second and third quarters the Wildcats put on runs to pull ahead by nine and 11 points, respectively. Each time Tonganoxie finished the quarter strong to hang in the game.
De Soto held onto a 21-16 lead midway through the second quarter when it started to find Heinen open inside.
On back to back scores, Tia Bernard and Katie Davis fed her the ball, putting De Soto up 25-16 with 1:25 left before halftime.
But Chieftain Addie Heim went to the charity line with four seconds left in the first 16 minutes and made the first of two free throws to narrow the gap to 25-17.
When she missed the second free throw, Heim got the rebound and put back to bring the score to 25-19 at the half.
Tonganoxie then cut the deficit to 25-23 with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter when Andrea Korb and Jennifer Reischman scored back to back baskets. But that's where the threat ended and not coincidently when Heinen reentered the game. Over the next 1:53, she would score a bucket and feed the ball to Emily Holton and Julie Beck for two more scores as De Soto upped the advantage to 31-23.
Bernard then put the finishing touches on the run by nailing a three and drawing a foul after the shot. The Wildcats couldn't convert on the foul, but led 34-23 with 3:55 remaining in the game.
Keri Walker, of Tonganoxie then scored five straight points by connecting on a field goal and three of four free throws. Ashley Carlson scored with 45 seconds left to give De Soto the 49-39 win.
De Soto held the Chieftains to just 33 percent field goal shooting on the night, while converting on 23 of 44 (52 percent) shots from the field themselves. They also out rebounded Tonganoxie 21-15.
The Chieftains won the battle at the free throw line by connecting on just 9 of 18 attempts. De Soto made just one of five (20 percent) tries.
Heinen led the Wildcats with a game high 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field. Beck, Bernard and Lisa Lambert followed with eight points each. Holton and Carlson contributed six and five points respectively.
The Cats suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday when they traveled to Immaculata. Spencer said Imac forced an up-tempo game not to his team's liking.
The Cats got down 15 points in the first half as the Raiders pressed on defense and ran on offense. Spencer said the team settled down and held its own in the second half.
The experience was good preparation for Fridays' game against Perry-Lecompton, a team that also likes to press.
"We have a very good chance," Spencer said of the upcoming game. "Once you get by Imac, Piper and Santa Fe, everybody else is about even. It's a matter of who is ready to play."