Cats bid farewell to seniors
Basehor-Linwood's volleyball senior night was a success.
Basehor-Linwood hosted Perry-Lecompton and Lansing Tuesday, Oct. 15. The triangular was the final competition for the Bobcats at home, so the school honored its seniors.
The occasion made this match extra special for head coach Mardy Robinson.
"It's emotional because I coached them all four years," Robinson said. "Even though we didn't have great success, they gave some good years to this high school. They deserve to go out winners."
In their first match against Perry-Lecompton, they did leave winners, but not easily. They won 15-7, 16-18, 15-13.
The match meant a lot to the Bobcats, senior Aubrey Bittel said.
"We started out really fired up because it was senior night," Bittel said. "The first game was really important. I really wanted that one."
Adding to the excitement, senior Lindsay Cunningham played for the first time in almost a month after breaking a bone in her right wrist. Doctors took the cast off the day of the match, and advised her to let it rest longer. She decided against that and played.
"It was really important that I play because it was senior night," Cunningham said. "It was hurting earlier but I tried to forget it.
"I missed it a lot, and I hate sitting and watching," she said. "I just had to play."
Cunningham, playing a limited role, did her best to be productive while hitting with her non-dominant hand.
She said she should be 100 percent by sub-state.
Basehor-Linwood dominated the first game against Perry-Lecompton with a lot of help from sophomore Caitlyn McCarty who served for 12 points. McCarty opened the game serving for four points to give the Bobcats a 4-0 lead.
Early, Perry-Lecompton fought back, and they tied the game at seven. However, with the game tied, McCarty served again. With her serving, Basehor-Linwood won eight straight points.
The second and third games did not go as quickly. Neither team could pull away from the other as each team won a game by two points.
In the third game, senior Cristin Burnett served for 11 of the teams 15 points.
Junior Katie Burchfield led the Bobcats at the net against Perry-Lecompton. She had seven kills and 11 blocks.
Robinson was pleased with the performance of her team following their match against Perry-Lecompton.
"We played really well," Robinson said. "We passed better. Our coverage was better. We did a lot of things better, but we still need to improve. They were fired up for senior night; all the seniors contributed.
If Robinson could have changed anything about the performance, it would be how the team finished off games.
"We built up big leads but then we let them back into the game," Robinson said.
In the night cap, the Bobcats fell to Lansing 15-3, 15-3, but Robinson said overall senior night was a success.
Basehor-Linwood honored five seniors: Tiffany Bates, Aubrey Bittel, Cristin Burnett, Lindsay Cunningham and Jennifer Douglas.
The Bobcats' next action is Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Wyandotte. Play begins at 5 p.m.