Lady ‘Cats drop first two of the season
A team cannot win if it does not score.
And scoring did not come easily for the Basehor-Linwood girls' basketball team in the second half of their season opener.
The Bobcats lost to Clay Center, 49-31, at home Friday, Dec. 6, thanks in large part to their horrendous shooting in the second half.
Basehor-Linwood managed to make only five baskets in 22 attempts in the half for 23 per cent shooting. Any team would have trouble securing a win with only 10 second half points.
The second half was frustrating, and coach Mardy Robinson thought that shooting was not the only problem plaguing the Bobcats.
"We played well in the first half, especially the first quarter, but then they fell back into a zone and our outside shooting was poor," Robinson said. "We needed to look inside more and we got into foul trouble as well. I thought it was a good measuring stick for what we need to work on and how we can improve."
Robinson also stressed that her team turned the ball over way too much in the second half. The Bobcats had 14 turnovers in the second half and 21 overall.
Possibly making the second half more frustrating is the way the team played in the first half. Basehor-Linwood jumped out in front of Clay Center early, and at one point in the first quarter had a 12-3 lead.
That would be Basehor-Linwood's largest lead as Clay Center slowly crept up on the Bobcats in the second quarter. Basehor-Linwood shot 40 per cent in the half, and made three of four free throws.
However, by halftime, Clay Center had knotted the game at 21. From there, Clay Center dominated.
With the first game of the season, one might expect there to be a few kinks, but Robinson said they could work on those and get better.
"Rebounding, defense and turnovers were all problems for us," Robinson said. "If we take care of the ball and stay out of foul trouble, we'll have a better chance of winning."
Only one player for Basehor-Linwood scored in double figures, Lindsay Cunningham, with 11 points. She shot 50 percent from the field going two-of-four from behind the arc and two-of-four on two-point shots. She also was 1-2 shooting free throws.
The next highest scorer was Katie Burchfield with 6 points. She was three-of-eight from the field.
Robinson said there were some positives in the game despite the outcome that the team can build on.
"We played with great intensity and hustle in the first quarter," Robinson said.
She added that in the first half, the team had half as many turnovers than in the second half, and the shooting was twice as good in the first half.
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On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Bobcats had a chance to exorcise some of the demons of their first game.
With the help of senior Aubrey Bittel, Basehor-Linwood did just that. The Bobcats went on the road to defeat Sumner Academy, 42-38.
Bittel handled most of the scoring for Basehor-Linwood with a 24 point outburst. She also cleaned up on the boards gathering 12 rebounds for a double double.
The team also handled the ball better in their second game. They had more steals than turnovers, swiping 11 and losing the ball only 10 times.
Robinson said junior Alex Jeannin had a good game at point guard dishing out five assists and stealing the ball three times.
The Bobcats will try to win their second in a row this Friday, Dec. 13. They play host to league rival Mill Valley. Tip off is at 6 p.m.