Four in a row
Lady ‘Cats win fourth straight game after season-opening defeat
With Christmas near, Lansing's girls basketball team was in a giving mood when they traveled to Basehor, Friday, Dec. 20.
During introductions, they gave the Bobcats candy canes, and then proceeded to give them headaches in the first half.
However, when the game ended, it was Basehor-Linwood who gave Lansing a 58-51 loss.
With the victory, the Bobcats won their fourth straight to push their record to 4-1, but in the first half, all indications suggested that their streak would come to an end.
Fortunately for Basehor-Linwood and coach Mardy Robinson, the game was a tale of two halves.
"Our interior defense was very poor in the first half," Robinson said. "We were letting them get position on us. Plus, we weren't pressuring the outside, so it was easy for them to get entry passes.
"We just came out sluggish."
As a result, Lansing shot out of the gates to claim an early lead. They opened with a 7-0 lead, and the Bobcats did not score until the 3:44 mark.
By halftime, Basehor-Linwood trailed, 30-20.
Whatever Robinson told her team at halftime worked because Basehor-Linwood came out like a different team in the second half.
"We talked about intensity and cutting down mistakes," Robinson said about the team's halftime discussion. "I told them that if we cut it to five by the fourth quarter, we'd be in good shape. We just chipped away at their lead."
Basehor-Linwood did better than Robinson's goal to cut their deficit to five.
The Bobcats jumped to an 11-4 run to start the half making the score 34-31, Lansing, and the three-point spread would remain through the third quarter.
Senior Lindsay Cunningham was the driving force in the third quarter for the Bobcats. She exploded with 11 of her game- high 22 points in the quarter.
Despite closing the gap, Basehor-Linwood had trouble overtaking Lansing. The Bobcats did not garner their first lead of the game until there was only 2:47 left.
At that point, they led 48-47.
With one minute left, the Bobcats led 52-51 when sophomore Morgan Kenney stole the ball. Lansing fouled her in desperation, but Kenney nailed both free throws, stretching the lead to 54-51.
Lansing could not score again, but Basehor-Linwood's lead grew to 58-51, the Bobcats' largest lead of the game, as senior Aubrey Bittel sank four free throws.
In the second half, the Bobcats only shot 41 percent from the field but were 12 of 14 from the free throw line.
Following the game, Robinson had mixed emotions about her team's performance.
"I was really happy with the poise and determination the girls showed, but I was more satisfied with the team before the game," Robinson said. "Lansing exposed some things, so we know what we'll have to work on over the break, but I couldn't be happier with a 4-1 record."
She was also happy with her bench. Senior starter Katie Burchfield did not play much of the game because of foul trouble, so the bench was crucial in the victory.
"Katie is one of our better players, but she just got whistled a lot and there's not a lot you can do about that," Robinson said. "Cristin Burnett and Morgan Kenney were huge off the bench. They played great defense. Cristin had three steals."
While Burchfield was in foul trouble, others filled the stat sheet.
Cunningham scored many of her 22 points off assists from junior Alex Jeannin. Jeannin finished the game with nine assists.
Bittel had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The game was the last of 2002 for the Bobcats, who will resume play Tuesday, Jan. 7. against Santa Fe Trail.