Bobcats victorious on Senior Night
Basehor-Linwood's boys basketball team completed a sweep of De Soto on Friday, Feb. 22, during the team's final home game of the season.
For five BLHS seniors it marked the end of their basketball careers in the BLHS gym. But for the other seven players on the team along with BLHS coach Bruce Courtney, it was just what the doctor ordered.
"We finally shot the ball the way we can," Courtney said. "As a coach, I'm always seeing the little things we do wrong. But with the amount of points we scored tonight, those things were a lot easier to hide."
In all, the Bobcats torched De Soto for 85 points on 55 percent shooting, including a season-high 12 three-pointers.
After playing even with the Wildcats for the first six minutes of the game, the Bobcats reeled off a game-busting 12-0 run during the final two minutes of the quarter and led 26-17 at the end of one.
By halftime, three Bobcats had reached double-figures and BLHS was nearly halfway to the century mark, leading 47-28 at the break.
The lead ballooned to 30 points three minutes into the third quarter and at the 4:45 mark, BLHS led 60-30.
"Everyone was hitting, we were all on tonight," senior Jake Hills said. "From the minute I heard the band playing I was pumped up, and I knew we were going to play great."
Hills in particular knew he was going to play great. The senior scored the Bobcats' first six points of the game, and by halftime he had 17 points, just three points away from his career-high.
Joining Hills in double-figures at the break, were juniors Brandon Dye (11) and John Grube (10). The trio combined for 57 points (Hills 24, Dye 18 and Grube 15) by the end of the night, to lead the Bobcats to their second victory of the season.
Their first win came against De Soto earlier in the year. So which win was better? The team had different opinions on that.
"Definitely this one," Hills said. "I mean, it was senior night, we were all on and we played a great game. It couldn't have gone any better."
Courtney opted for the earlier meeting likely because it was a milestone for him the first win of his varsity coaching career.
"I think the first was probably the biggest," Courtney said. "Because at the time it was that one thing that we were looking for. We probably played better, and more well-rounded, tonight, but as far as which was the biggest that first one probably was."
Either way, the win proved to the Bobcats that they earned the No. 7 seed at sub-state. And according to Hills that was very important. De Soto was seeded No. 8.
"We talked before the game about making sure we proved that we should be seeded higher than them," Hills said. "Last time, we had a tough game against them, but tonight we finally played that perfect game."