Lady ‘Cats grab first win, add another
Maybe all they needed was a home game.
After three straight road losses, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team was victorious in its home opener on Friday, Dec. 14, 53-41.
"I think the whole home court thing helped a lot," BLHS senior Courtney Reed said. "Being on the road for three straight games is tough."
The Bobcats view their inside play as a major strength. So far this season, however, it has been BLHS's opponents who have dominated inside until Friday that is.
In a game that saw the Bobcats struggle out of the gates and then take control with their low post play in the second half, BLHS got its first win of the season, in a hard fought, complete game.
"It feels great," BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said. "The first one's always hard to get, so it feels great to get it. We had to fight for this one."
With her team down one point at halftime, Robinson delivered a firey halftime speech that motivated her troops to come out and take control in the second half.
"I was a little disappointed at halftime about the way we played," Robinson said. "But we talked at halftime about building a lead and keeping it and we did that. I thought we played very well in the second half."
With two starters in early foul trouble, Robinson was forced to look to her bench for a spark and in seniors Ryan Wohletz, Lesley Hancock and Emily Hoffman, she found it.
"Ryan and Lesley and Emily really stepped up and filled the void we had with Tara (Lucas) and Kara (Lackner) in foul trouble," Robinson said.
Despite dominating performances by Reed and junior post player Aubrey Bittel, it was Wohletz who led the Bobcats in rebounding with eight.
BLHS 43, Tonganoxie 35
Just four nights after earning their first win of the season, the Lady Bobcats added their second thanks to a 43-35 road victory over Tonganoxie.
Seniors Tara Lucas and Courtney Reed paced the scoring for the Bobcats as they chipped in 13 and 16 points respectively.
Robinson said she was more pleased with the defense and poise her team showed more than its offensive output.
"We did a great job in our half-court, man-to-man defense and our rebounding was 100 percent better tonight," Robinson said.
Robinson also said she was pleased with the Bobcats' intensity.
With the win, the Bobcats improved their record to 2-3 on the season and they will have a chance to pull to .500 before the holiday break on Friday, Dec. 21, when they host Perry-Lecompton.
For complete box scores from the week's games check out page 2B.