Bobcats turnover happy in loss
Prior to Friday night's 58-31 season-opening loss to Bonner Springs the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team had a very different vision of how the game would turn out. In particular, they didn't see all the turnovers.
The Lady Bobcats hung with the Braves for the first five minutes of the game, but BSHS closed the quarter with a 9-1 run and led 17-11 after one quarter.
Bonner Springs opened the second quarter with an even more devastating run, this time 15-1 behind the hot shooting of juniors Andrea Dill and Lindsey Stanbrough.
"Dill, Stanbrough and (Amanda) Berry did a great job shooting the ball tonight," BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said. "They also did a great job of shutting our inside game down."
It wasn't so much the first part of that equation that flustered the Bobcats as it was the second part. Seniors Courtney Reed and Tara Lucas rarely got set up down low long enough to work their offense and that in large part was because the Braves barely allowed the ball past half court.
"We run an offense that gets mismatches down low," Robinson said. "And we got those mismatches tonight, but when we did we either didn't finish or we threw the ball away. Turnovers were the main problem for us tonight."
After the Braves unleashed their two runs that spanned parts of two quarters, the Bobcats were all but finished. They went into the locker room down and disappointed trailing 37-16.
In the locker room Robinson did not break out any unusual gimmicks to try and fire her team up. Instead, she put things bluntly.
"I told them we can't keep turning the ball over," Robinson said. "Had we even turned it over half as many times in the first half we would've had a 10 or 12-point swing and only been down six or eight at halftime instead of 20."
BLHS turned the ball over 14 times in the first half and finished with 22 turnovers for the game. Reed led the Bobcats in scoring with nine points and Lucas chipped in five.
Despite the loss, the Bobcats walked away from the game disappointed rather than angry. Lucas said the mistakes they made were obvious and that they knew why they lost. But more importantly, she also said they'd fix them.
"We weren't patient with the ball, we didn't move the ball around and we had way too many turnovers," Lucas said. "We're all very disappointed with the loss but we'll be fine."
On Tuesday night the Bobcats improved, but fell to Santa Fe Trail, 41-24, on the road.
Reed led the Bobcats with 11 points and seven rebounds. Senior Emily Hoffman also had seven rebounds for the Bobcats who will travel to Piper on Friday.