Lady ‘Cats season ends at sub-state
The Basehor-Linwood High School volleyball team had an upset in mind when the Lady Bobcats took on Hiawatha in the first round of the 4A Sub-State tournament at Holton last Saturday.
Basehor-Linwood, the sixth seed, defeated the third-seeded Lady Redskins in the first game of their match, 15-11. But Hiawathas hitters started pounding the ball at the Lady Bobcats and BLHS could not get its offense going as the Lady Redskins came back and won the final two games, 15-2, 15-1. The Lady Bobcats ended the season with a 15-19 record, more than doubling the number of wins over a year ago.
We came out exactly the way we wanted to, said B-L head coach Kevin Suther. Hiawatha has an excellent middle hitter and we practiced on how to stop her and how to contain her, which we did throughout the match, especially in the first game. But we came out in the second and third games and went down quickly, mostly because of our passing and our self-confidence, which really hurt us towards the end.
Basehor-Linwoods attack in game one stood out as the Lady Bobcats scored nine kills, including five by Christina McCarty. Briana Barron scored six of BLHS points in the game and Kelleigh Gorup closed it out, scoring the final four points.
Coming in as the sixth seed, it was a nice surprise to see us come out like we did, Suther said. I was hoping that we would build more momentum after that first game, but it turned out the opposite way. I dont quite know why.
Basehor-Linwood garnered just five kills in the final two games as the Lady Bobcats could not seem to get their passes in the correct spots, missing many opportunities to cash in on potential points. On top of that, Hiawathas hitters played much better the final two games, putting down easy kills.
They started to hit the ball better with their outside hitters, but our passing was the key, said Suther. When we did not pass well, we werent able to get any kills or offense going. We gave away a lot of three-balls and that helped Hiawatha set up their offense much easier.
Lansing won the sub-state tournament, sweeping Piper and Holton before going three games with Hiawatha. The Lady Lions lost the first game, 15-9, but came back to win the last two, 15-8, 15-11.
On Oct. 17, the Lady Bobcats made the short trip to Bonner Springs for a quadrangular with the Bravettes, Olathe South and Wyandotte, winning one of three matches.
Basehor-Linwood opened the evening with a 15-11, 15-8 loss to Olathe South, then dropped a three-game match with Bonner Springs, 16-14, 13-15, 15-9. The Lady Bobcats ended the night with a 15-2, 15-2 victory over Wyandotte.