Deflated Bobcats finish sixth at tourney
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team has lost its share of games this season.
At 7-7, it's fair to say that BLHS has experienced almost every kind of loss.
In their 49-24 loss to Lincoln Prep in the fifth-place game of the Bobcat Invitational Friday, Jan. 18, the Bobcats experienced a new kind of loss.
That new loss occurred when Courtney Reed, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, went down in the first quarter with a knee injury.
"Everybody was real disappointed when Courtney went down," sophomore point guard Alex Jeannin said. "From that point on, most of us probably didn't care too much about the game."
That was evident. The Bobcats, who trailed by six at halftime, suffered a disastrous third quarter and the deficit ballooned from six to 16.
In the quarter, the Lady 'Cats were outscored 13-3 and coach Mardy Robinson said she could tell that her team wasn't into the game anymore.
"Emotionally, after we lost Courtney, we weren't in the game," Robinson said. "When a player goes down with an injury it affects the whole team, whether they know it or not. It messes with the rotation, it shortens the bench, it affects a lot of things and we couldn't overcome that."
Through two quarters, it looked like the Bobcats might be able to overcome Reed's injury. After falling behind 10-4, BLHS trimmed the lead to two at the end of the first quarter and at halftime the Bobcats remained in striking distance, down 22-16.
After an emotional trip to the locker room, the Bobcats came out strong in the second half. Senior Emily Hoffman's jumper three minutes into the third quarter cut Lincoln Prep lead to four, but, other than a Tara Lucas free throw with 3:38 remaining, that was all the scoring the Bobcats would muster in the third.
The fourth quarter was just as lopsided, as Lincoln Prep outscored the Bobcats 14-5 in the final quarter. The loss dropped BLHS's record to 7-7 on the season and landed the Bobcats in sixth place at the tournament.
"Our goal coming into the tournament was to win two games," Robinson said. "We didn't achieve that goal for reasons other than just the way we played, but we need to regroup and everybody needs to step up their game."
The Bobcats did manage one win in the tournament.
The Bobcats will be off this week and will return to action Tuesday, Jan 29, when they host Tonganoxie.