Bobcats, Lady ‘Cats upended at tourney
While the end result was the same for both, the Basehor-Linwood High School basketball teams reached their destination in very different ways at the opening round of the Bobcat Invitational basketball tournament Tuesday, Jan. 15.
In the early game, the girls fell behind early to St. Joseph Benton and never got into the flow, losing 62-31.
After one quarter, BLHS trailed 17-4 and at halftime the Lady 'Cats found themselves down 34-9.
BLHS turned the ball over 19 times in the first half, which was more than twice as many turnovers as they had all game Friday, Jan. 11, against De Soto.
BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said turnovers were the story of the game.
"Turnovers killed us," Robinson said of her team's season-high 30 turnovers. "We just didn't show up, we weren't prepared and we turned the ball over way too many times."
Courtney Reed led the Bobcats in scoring with 10 points, Emily Hoffman added seven and Lindsay Cunningham chipped in five.
The loss dropped the Bobcats back to .500 at 5-5.
The nightcap saw a much better performance from the Basehor-Linwood boys team, but at first it didn't look like it was going to be.
In a rematch of a game played exactly one week before, the Bobcats fell behind Mill Valley 10-2 early on and trailed 16-7 at the end of one quarter.
A 10-2 offensive and defensive explosion in the second quarter however, got the Bobcats right back in the game and at halftime they trailed by just a point.
For much of the third and fourth quarters the Bobcats actually had control of the game, but two late three-pointers by Mill Valley put BLHS behind by one with 18 seconds to play.
Senior Jake Hills brought the ball up the floor and drove the lane looking to pass. When Hills got into the middle of the defense his only option was to shoot and his four-foot runner bounced around the rim but fell out.
"I had an open hole there and I thought if I penetrated one of the big men would be open for a layup," Hills said. "I saw Eric (Peeler) for a second, but not clearly and I didn't want to throw the ball away so I took the shot."
BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said that was as good a shot as he could've hoped to get, but unfortunately it didn't fall and the Bobcats did, 35-33.
Despite dropping their ninth game of the season, Courtney said his team is a team full of confidence.
"They've done a great job these last few games," Courtney said of his team, that was just a couple of breaks away from owning a four-game winning streak. "Every one of our guys has stepped up and tonight showed that even more. I think they definitely won the heart battle tonight."
Mill Valley coach Justin Bogart agreed with Courtney's assessment of the game.
"We were lucky to survive tonight," Bogart said. "After that first quarter we were severely outplayed."
The losses dropped both Bobcat teams into the losers' bracket of the tournament and both played second round games on Wednesday. Results were not available at press time. Check next week for a full recap of the Bobcat Invitational.