BLHS continues roller coaster ride
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team has been on a roller coaster ride since their season began back in November.
After three straight losses to open the season, the Lady 'Cats reeled off three straight wins.
Last week, that ride continued as BLHS won one game and lost another in Kaw Valley League action.
BLHS 43, Immaculata 48
Sure, Immaculata's girls basketball team only had one loss entering its game with Basehor-Linwood on Friday, Jan. 4, but the Bobcats think it should now be two losses.
Thanks to 25 BLHS turnovers, however, the Raiders walked out of the BLHS gym just the way they walked in with only one loss.
"We should've beaten them there's no question about it," senior forward Tara Lucas said. "Even with 25 turnovers we should've beaten them."
That might be true, but one thing BLHS coach Mardy Robinson knows is true that if the Bobcats had committed just half as many turnovers, they would've beaten Immaculata.
"Turnovers killed us, that's the story," Robinson said. "If we would've had just half as many turnovers and then got the ball inside on those trips, there's 10 points right there."
Instead, the Bobcats wound up on the losing side of things, mere five-point losers.
Robinson said another key to the game were the runs that Immaculata was able to string together. An 11-0 run in the first half that put the Raiders up eight points and a 10-0 run in the second half that all but put the game away were the two most glaring spurts.
The Bobcats unleashed a few runs of their own, but the difference between the two types of runs was that Immaculata's built leads and Basehor-Linwood's cut into them.
"My dad always told me that if you dig enough holes you'll bury yourself," Robinson said. "And against Imac we buried ourselves."
Senior Courtney Reed led the scoring for the Bobcats as she chipped in 12 points. She also ripped down eight rebounds, which led the Lady 'Cats as well. Lucas scored seven points and grabbed six boards. Senior Kara Lackner scored six points and had three steals. And senior Ryan Wohletz had two points and four rebounds. Alex Jeannin, Emily Hoffman, Lesley Hancock, Heather Peeler and Aubrey Bittel each chipped in buckets as well.
The loss dropped the Bobcats' record back below .500 at 3-4.
BLHS 41, Mill Valley 31
After dropping below .500, the Lady 'Cats got back on track with an easy win over Mill Valley Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The Bobcats led by 14 at halftime and they extended that lead to 18 at one point during the second half, before finally settling for a 41-31 victory.
Senior Courtney Reed led the Bobcats in scoring with 12 points and the rest of the team was balanced in scoring the remaining 29 points.
Senior Kara Lackner scored no points, but came away with six steals to help pace the defense.
BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said she was pleased by the win and that she's ready for the roller coaster ride to come to an end.
"We still didn't play our best basketball, but a win is a win," Robinson said. "We'd just like to roll off a few wins in a row and break this trend especially with our tournament coming up. We'd like to have a good showing there."
The Bobcat Invitational basketball tournament will get under way Monday, Jan. 14. BLHS will play St. Joe Benton in the first round.