Lady ‘Cats back to .500
After playing the four lowest ranked teams in the Kaw Valley League in the past few weeks, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball schedule took a rather unfavorable turn.
In the past week, BLHS hosted top-ranked Santa Fe Trail and traveled to second-ranked Immaculata.
While the Lady 'Cats battled hard in both contests, BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said her team could not overcome the sound play of its opponents.
The latest installment of this scenario took place Friday, Feb. 15, at Immaculata.
The Bobcats entered the game with revenge on their minds. In the first game after the holiday break, the Bobcats suffered a 48-43 loss to Immaculata, after a disastrous fourth quarter let the game slip away.
On Friday, they opened the first quarter with fire and intensity. Led by seven points from Tara Lucas, the Bobcats raced their way to a 13-4 first-quarter lead.
BLHS shot 6 for 8 in the first quarter and had just one turnover. In the second quarter, it was an entirely different story.
Immaculata countered BLHS's first quarter with a 15-3 second quarter of its own and at the break, the Lady Raiders led 18-16.
"We came out aggressive on offense, and on defense, we played a box and one that they weren't ready for," Robinson said. "Then they settled down in the second quarter, and when Imac stepped up their defensive intensity, we couldn't match it."
Even when down 14 in the fourth, the Bobcats refused to fold. A late fourth-quarter surge kept the game close, but the Bobcats could get no closer than 10 and the game ended at 50-40.
"I still feel like we played well," Robinson said. "Imac's just a better caliber of team than any other in our league."
Kara Lackner led the Bobcats in scoring with eight points, Lucas and Aubrey Bittel chipped in seven and Lindsay Cunningham, Katie Burchfield and Alex Jeannin scored four points a piece.
On Tuesday, the Bobcats faced an inspired Mill Valley team, but managed to defeat them for the third time this season, 33-27.
Emily Hoffman led the Bobcats to victory with 11 points.