Lady ‘Cats end on sour note
Even if they had played a perfect game, the Basehor-Linwood Lady Bobcats would've probably lost to Spring Hill in second round sub-state action Thursday, Feb. 28.
Instead, the Bobcats played anything but a perfect game and were buried, 56-15.
"Spring Hill is just such a talented team, it was tough for us to hang with them," BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said. "But it wasn't because of effort. We played as hard as we could. If we could've just had a few more shots fall it would've helped. But I would hope the girls walk away from this knowing they played with the No. 1 team in the state."
Play with them they did. The Bobcats kept Spring Hill nearly 15 points below its season average and BLHS even out-rebounded the Broncos 30-23. Of course, a lot of those rebounds came on the offensive end, a place where the Bobcats could not seem to find the basket.
After an overwhelming start that saw BLHS fall behind 14-2, the Lady 'Cats calmed down and began to climb back into the game. A 5-2 run cut the Spring Hill lead to 16-7 and at the end of the first quarter BLHS trailed 18-7.
"We could've folded right away when they jumped out on us," Robinson said. "But we didn't. We battled back and did our best to get back into it."
The second quarter was a much different story. BLHS fell further behind at the beginning of the quarter and after managing just one point a Katie Burchfield free throw the Bobcats went to the locker room down 30-8.
In the first half, BLHS connected on just two of 23 shot attempts. The Bobcats were patient on offense and did not get out of control (they committed just eight turnovers), but anytime there was an open shot, the ball could not find its way to the bottom of the basket.
"It was pretty frustrating because we were playing good D and we were playing hard, we just couldn't get any shots to fall," senior Lesley Hancock said.
The second half was more or less a formality than anything else. Robinson said her team knew it would be tough to erase a 22-point deficit in the second half, but their goal was to come out and continue to play hard. That they did, but Spring Hill was just too talented for the Bobcats to get anything going.
Spring Hill increased its lead steadily in the second half. It went from 22 at halftime to 33 by the end of the third quarter, until it finally settled on the final 41-point margin.
"To lose by that many in your last game is embarrassing," Hancock said. "But even though we did lose pretty bad, we didn't just fold. We played hard and it would've been a lot worse if we would've given up."
BLHS finished the game with 16 turnovers and nine steals, but on Thursday it was the point total that stifled the Bobcats.
The loss dropped the Bobcats final record to 11-11, which Robinson said was probably appropriate for the type of roller coaster season the team endured. She also said she was proud of the team and after the shock of the lopsided loss wore off, she thought they would be proud of their accomplishments.
"We haven't advanced in sub-state in who knows how long," Robinson said. "And coming into the season that was our goal. We went through a lot of adversity this year and to get as far as we did really says a lot about the character of our team."