BLHS stays on wild ride
What started with a first-quarter explosion by sophomore Katie Burchfield ended with a come-from-behind win sealed by Burchfield's three-point play.
After the Lady 'Cats fell behind 8-0 to Lansing, Burchfield came off the bench to score six points and grab three rebounds to help tie the score at 12 after one quarter.
BLHS trailed by as many as seven in the third quarter, but they continued to chip away and Aubrey Bittel's free throw with 1:31 remaining pulled the Lady 'Cats to within three points, 49-46.
A rash of missed free throws followed, and with 34 seconds left, the Bobcats had the ball, still down three.
During the timeout, coach Mardy Robinson drew up a play for senior Emily Hoffman, the same play she'd drawn up for her four times prior.
"I couldn't believe they didn't defend that," Robinson said after the game.
Hoffman received the ball at the top of the key, and without hesitation, she fired it up swish.
Tied at 49 with 18 seconds left, the Bobcats came up with a defensive stop.
After another timeout, point guard Alex Jeannin sliced and diced her way through three Lansing defenders and dished a pass to Burchfield. After two and a half quiet quarters, the sophomore snagged the pass, went up strong, made the basket and was fouled. Burchfield nailed the free throw with eight seconds to play and the Bobcats held on to win.
"Every girl that played tonight played as hard as she possibly could," Robinson said. "It was our best game as far as team effort goes. It was a great win for us."
The win improved the Bobcats to 7-7 on the season, 6-4 in league play.
Three nights later, on Monday, Feb. 11, the BLHS girls were back in action at home against Santa Fe Trail. SFT entered the game as the second ranked girls team in class 4A and the undefeated leader of the Kaw Valley League. The Bobcats did nothing to disrupt either of those standings, as they were buried 46-23.
"They're the best team in our league, hands down," Robinson said. "And they're probably one of the best teams in the state."
Specifically, the Bobcats fell behind 19-4 after one quarter. The Lady 'Cats played even with the Chargers in the second quarter, yet still trailed by 14 at halftime, 29-15.
The loss dropped the Bobcats' record to 7-8 and it marked another dip on the team's roller coaster season.
"For some reason we need a loss to get us focused," senior Emily Hoffman said. "We always play much better after losing."
Senior Tara Lucas led the Bobcats in scoring with five points. Junior Lindsay Cunningham led the Bobcats in rebounding, as she pulled down five boards in limited minutes.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Bobcats stayed true to their up-and-down form with a 50-45 victory over Perry-Lecompton.