Lady ‘Cats climb above .500
After their 39-33 victory over De Soto on Friday, Jan. 11, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team was sitting in uncharted water.
For the first time this season, the Bobcats had climbed above the .500 mark.
Although the Bobcats boast a winning record for the first time, they've expected to be there all along, BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said.
"It's nice to be above .500, and hopefully we can string a few wins together at our tournament and stay there," he said. "It's huge when we win on the road because we're a much better team at home than on the road."
After one quarter, it didn't look like the Bobcats were even going to be in the game, let alone above .500.
BLHS trailed 9-4 after a quarter that saw them miss five of the seven shots from the field. However, Robinson got her team turned around and at the break, BLHS and De Soto were tied, 14-14.
"I told them after the first quarter that we got our bad quarter for the game out of the way," Robinson said. "I told them we needed to refocus and finish the game strong. I think we did and I was very pleased with the outcome for the final three quarters."
Seniors Courtney Reed and Tara Lucas have led the Bobcats' scoring attack in every game this season, but after the first quarter Reed had two fouls and was having trouble getting her shot to fall.
Because of Reed's struggles, De Soto was able to lock up Lucas for much of the first half and the Bobcats were forced to look to someone else.
That someone was senior Emily Hoffman.
For several minutes during the first half, Hoffman, the most experienced player on the floor, was three for five in the first half for a team high seven points.
"Emily Hoffman had an excellent first half for us," Robinson said. "She played really hard and she kept us in that game."
Hoffman said she didn't think about the team's situation, she just did what she always tries to do get some shots.
"Coach Robinson just told me to keep shooting and I had a few go in," Hoffman said. "It felt good to be the leader on the floor for a bit out there. It was a big win for our team."
The Bobcats outscored the Wildcats by three points in each of the final two quarters to grab the win.
In the second half, when Hoffman was held scoreless, Reed and Lucas reemerged as the go-to guys for the Lady 'Cats.
Reed (5) and Lucas (4) scored nine of the Bobcats' final 11 points to seal the game.
Reed led all scorers with 13 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
Lucas finished with a complete line of six points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Hoffman finished with seven points, but grabbed two rebounds and two assists, and Alex Jeannin finished with six points and three assists.