Lady ‘Cats delayed by bad weather
After nearly two weeks off, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team was excited about getting back on to the hardwood. Then the weather hit.
The Lady 'Cats' were supposed to play their first game in 11 days on Tuesday, Jan. 29, against Tonganoxie, but the contest was canceled because of a winter storm warning.
BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said the delay left her team disappointed.
"It's a little frustrating," Robinson said. "We haven't played in so long and the girls were looking forward to it. Now, it'll be even a little harder to shake the rust off, but we'll take the extra couple of days to get ready for our next game and we'll be fine."
Aside from shaking off the rust, Robinson said her squad was also anxious to see how it would perform without Courtney Reed in the lineup. Reed was injured in the last game the Bobcats played and since going down it has been determined that she will miss the rest of the season.
Robinson said the loss of Reed will be difficult for her team to handle, but she said everyone has stepped up in the past couple weeks.
"They all know their roles have changed a little," Robinson said. "Aubrey (Bittel), Katie (Burchfield) and Tiffany (Bates) have all stepped up and hopefully they can give us some solid play in Courtney's absence."
Reed has been at practice every day since the injury, and Robinson said the senior's attendance and encouragement have helped the younger girls tackle their new roles.
Because of the bad weather, the Bobcats will have a few extra days to prepare for one of their toughest foes the Piper Pirates. Last time the Bobcats and Pirates squared off, PHS outmuscled the Bobcats and won, 52-32. This time, however, Robinson is hoping things will be different.
"I think we can win, even without Courtney," Robinson said. "We're just going to have to step up and play a complete, mistake-free game. We'll give it our best shot and see what happens."
Robinson said the Bobcats will have a couple things going for them heading into their rematch with the Pirates. First, she said the girls all believed they should've beaten Piper the first time and that confidence is present now as well. Second, she said the team is pumped up to get a win because it's the Courtwarming game.
"The one extra benefit we have this time, is that it's our Courtwarming," Robinson said. "The girls will be fired up to win that one and not have Courtwarming spoiled."
Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The game will be played at Basehor-Linwood High School.