Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Bobcats still reaching for first win

December 19, 2001

After opening the season with three straight losses, the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team felt like it had learned something in every contest and was not too disappointed with the slow start.

After scoring just 11 points in the second half of loss number four on Friday, Dec. 14, the Bobcats were a little more disappointed and a little less positive.

"We didn't do anything that we talked about doing," BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said. "We had a gameplan that just never developed."

The main reason the gameplan stalled was the Lansing defense.

The Lions came out with intense pressure and it looked like they were wearing the Bobcats' jerseys from start to finish.

Courtney said the Bobcats expected Lansing to bring a lot of pressure, but he added that he thought the pressure was even more intense than they thought it would be.

For the fourth straight game the Bobcats dug an early hole, but then were able to climb out of it.

Lansing's pressure defense hurried the Bobcats into three early turnovers and those turnovers led to three easy buckets on the other end.

The Lansing lead climbed to 13-5 at the end of the first quarter and was as large as 20-9 midway during the second quarter. Sparked by eight points from two seldom-used reserves, however, BLHS unleashed a 9-0 run and cut the lead to 22-18 with 3:05 left in the first half.

"It just seemed that we went in short spurts where we would do something good and then do something bad right after it," Courtney said. "We just couldn't find any consistency on offense."

Juniors Bronson Schaake and Brian Gripka were responsible for the majority of that 9-0 run, but unfortunately for the Bobcats, the rest of the half and the game for that matter belonged to Lansing.

An 8-3 LHS run closed the half and the Lions led 30-21 at the break.

There were virtually no Bobcat highlights in the second half as BLHS was outscored 15-5 and 18-6 during the final two quarters.

"You could feel it, it just kept getting further and further away from us," Courtney said.

Despite falling in unexpected fashion, Courtney maintained lessons can still be learned from their latest loss.

"We have to learn to be mentally stronger and we have to learn that this can happen just as easily any time," Courtney said. "The question now is what are we going to do to prevent it from happening again."

BLHS 47, Tonganoxie 55

In a game eerily similar to the Bobcats first four of the season, the Bobcats again fell behind early and got back into the game late against Tonganoxie on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Junior Brandon Dye led the Bobcats in scoring as he poured in 19 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished six assists and had two steals.

The loss dropped BLHS's overall record to 0-5, prompting Dye to call Friday's final game before the holiday break a must-win-contest.

"The season does kind of ride on our next game, because if we don't win it we're 0-6, 0-5 in league, and even more frustrated," Dye said.

For complete box scores from the week's games check out page 2B.

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