BLHS falls in return to floor
Seventeen days between games and seven straight days without practicing does not produce a winning formula.
Monday, Feb. 4, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team found that out firsthand, as the Bobcats fell 47-42 to Tonganoxie in their first game since Jan. 18.
"I think we knew coming in that it was going to be a difficult game," BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said. "In the first half, we were definitely winded and I'd attribute that to the time off."
Senior Tara Lucas said she noticed the layoff hurt the team's stamina more than anything.
"We were all dead after the second quarter," Lucas said.
That said, the Bobcats still had their chances.
Trailing 8-3 early, BLHS ripped off a 6-0 run to close the first quarter. Senior forward Ryan Wohletz scored on two aggressive takes to the basket during the run, and sophomore Katie Burchfield hit a jumper with less than a minute left to take the lead.
Burchfield, along with junior Aubrey Bittel, filled in for injured starter Courtney Reed.
While both played well at times, their inexperience surfaced as well.
"Aubrey and Katie both played with a lot of heart," Robinson said. "Nobody's going to replace everything that Courtney gave us, but if the girls who are filling in for her go as hard as they can, then we'll get close."
Perhaps the person the Bobcats are counting on to pick up the most slack, however, is Lucas. In her first game in that role, Lucas scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
"As the senior post player, we need Tara to step up now," Robinson said. "Tonight she did. She was a great leader out there, it just wasn't quite enough."
While the time off clearly frustrated the Bobcats' chemistry, it appeared to help their bodies. For the first time all season, the Bobcats' jump shots were falling.
Emily Hoffman, Alex Jeannin and Lesley Hancock all nailed jump shots throughout the night. The outside presence is something Robinson has stressed since the loss of Reed.
"We shot the ball better tonight than we have all season," Robinson "With Courtney out, we're going to need those shots to fall even more, but even with her that was a crucial part of our offense. It was nice to see it work for us tonight."
What didn't work, however, ended up costing the Bobcats the game. BLHS had too many turnovers and second-chance points in the fourth quarter.