LOUISBURG — Trailing in the final minutes of its season opener at home, the Louisburg Wildcat boys basketball team had to put Tonganoxie on the line.
Tonganoxie stepped up to the free-throw line and protected its lead, sinking eight of 10 in the fourth quarter in a 63-56 loss for Louisburg on Friday, Dec. 4.
The Wildcats were outscored 20-17 in the first quarter, and 19-11 in the second quarter.
Louisburg held Tonganoxie to 12 points in each of the final two quarters, but had just 10 points in the third quarter. An 18-12, fourth-quarter run came up short.
Weston Guetterman led the Wildcats with 20 points. Julian Margrave posted 17 points. Ben Guetterman finished with 13 points. Michael Seuferling scored six points.
Margrave had an offensive rebound and dunk as the Wildcats made it a five-point game in the first quarter, trailing 12-7.
Weston Guetterman sank a layup, an inside shot and a 3-pointer to close the gap to three points, 17-14, in the final minute of the opening quarter.
The teams traded 3-pointers at the end of the frame. Tonganoxie sank one and Margrave answered for the Wildcats.
Ben Guetterman had a steal and a layup to make it a 9-point game with 7:31 left in the third quarter, 39-30.
Tonganoxie made an inside basket on one possession and then a 3-pointer to extend its lead to 44-30.
Margrave sank an inside shot, and Sueferling hit a 3-pointer as the Wildcats made it a 10-point game, 45-35.
Weston Guetterman sank a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, making it 51-41. Margrave had a steal and layup, closing the margin to four points.
Ben Guetterman had a put-back, and then sank a 3-pointer, making it 53-52, with less than five minutes to go.
Tonganoxie sank the next two baskets. The Chieftains sank four free throws in the final minute to seal the win.