Lady ‘Cats play Scrooge for Kaws
After dropping its first three contests, the Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball team has bounced back with a vengeance, entering the holiday break on a roll.
On Friday, Dec. 21, the Bobcats kept that roll going as they played their most complete game of the year and handed Perry-Lecompton a 57-31 loss.
The win brought the Bobcats' record to 3-3 and it brought a smile to several Bobcat faces.
"After losing three in a row, it's great to win three in a row and now we're going to have a great holiday break," senior Courtney Reed said.
Reed, who led the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 12 rebounds, was not the only one happy that the Bobcats could now enjoy their holiday break. BLHS coach Mardy Robinson was also excited and, to a degree, somewhat relieved.
"When we were 0-3, we were all a little down," Robinson said. "I don't really think we were worried that we couldn't come back, but when you're losing, nobody's real happy. Now, we've reeled off three straight wins and that gives us some momentum heading into the break."
The latest of the Bobcats' three straight wins came in quick fashion as they raced out to an early 15-7 first-quarter lead and pushed that lead to 14 by halftime.
Reed got on the board early and often as she had 13 points and six rebounds at halftime, including a six-for-six performance from the free throw line. Reed's play inside, particularly on the boards, has been one major difference in the Bobcats' two three-game streaks this season, but she was quick to point out that it hasn't been the only difference.
"We're all boxing out more, which is limiting the other team's opportunities, and we're all playing smarter and harder," Reed said.
Sophomore point guard Alex Jeannin, who scored four points and dished five assists in the win, said every player on the team is playing to the top of her ability right now.
"We're all starting to play as a team right now," Jeannin said. "Everybody's really focusing on the task at hand and it's paying off we're winning."
Friday night it was all 13 Bobcats who suited up played four or more minutes. Only senior Emily Hoffman, who missed the game to attend a wedding, did not see action.
Robinson said although Hoffman was missed, she was proud of the other girls for stepping up.
"Every single person on our team contributed to this win," Robinson said. "We missed Emily a little, but luckily we had some other people step up and a lot of people got to play. It was a great win and a great way to head to the break."
The Bobcats will practice some during the holiday break, but they will pick up the pace after Jan. 1. On Friday, Jan. 4, the Bobcats will look to go over .500 when they host Immaculata.
"After the break we have a huge game against Imac," Robinson said. "I'm sure we'll have no trouble getting up for that one and hopefully we can keep our momentum from these last three wins going into that one."
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