Bobcats led by experience and talent
Last season, the Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball team was one-dimensional. The Bobcats' basic offense in 2000 consisted of pounding the ball down low to Jackie Horn and letting her go to work.
Horn's gone this season though and now coach Mardy Robinson is looking for a way to replace her presence. So far, Robinson thinks she's found it.
Once tryouts were over, the Bobcats began installing a new offense, one that looks to get everybody involved. The new offense somewhat resembles the Chicago Bulls' infamous triangle offense, which moves the ball around, allowing for three and four options on every set.
"It gets everybody involved," Robinson said. "And that's extremely important for us this year. Teams can't just take away one player, we'll have three or four options every time down the floor."
The majority of those options will be inside. The new offense is designed to work the ball from the high post to the low post and that makes the BLHS post players the top options.
Two of those post players, seniors Tara Lucas and Courtney Reed, have varsity experience. Reed started last season and Lucas saw a lot of action, and both will be counted on to contribute heavily this season.
Guard play will also be important for the Bobcats this season, if for no other reason than the fact that they will be the ones getting the ball to the post. The Bobcat roster, however, is full of guards who are more than delivery girls. Two players return with varsity experience and both started their share of games last season.
Sophomore Alex Jeannin is the Bobcats' top guard as she is the complete package solid on offense and solid on defense. Her only drawback is that she's coming off of major knee surgery, but Robinson and Jeannin are both confident that she'll be 100 percent by the start of the season.
Senior Kara Lackner also started last season for the Bobcats and Robinson said having her experience, hustle and leadership back will help the team. Fellow seniors Lesley Hancock, Emily Hoffman and Ryan Wohletz will also be looked to for leadership.
For the most part, the entire team likes and has picked up the