Lady ‘Cats bow out in first round
Basehor-Linwood’s up-and-down season ends with Sub-state loss to Tonganoxie
Basehor-Linwood's stint at Sub-state turned out to be a short one.
The Bobcats exited in the first round of Sub-state after Tonganoxie (24-11) defeated Basehor-Linwood in straight games, 15-6, 15-12.
The loss dropped Basehor-Linwood's final record to 8-23 for the season, but even after the setback, head coach Mardy Robinson said effort was never a problem for her team.
"I was really proud of the team because they could have given up but they kept fighting," Robinson said. "They're great kids. They're going to give 100 percent."
Robinson said she saw that effort in game two. After losing big in the first game, the Bobcats refused to give up.
In game two, Basehor-Linwood opened a 4-0 lead only to see it evaporate. Tonganoxie scored eight unanswered points, and the game appeared to be another blowout.
Tonganoxie's 8-4 lead would not last however, as the Bobcats managed to tie the score three times including a 12-12 count. Tonganoxie scored the next three points to capture the game and the match to advance to the second round.
The match with Tonganoxie was similar to the entire season for Basehor-Linwood, Robinson said.
"We gave Tonganoxie a good match," Robinson said. "Overall, that is how the season been for us, up and down."
The first game was not as dramatic as the second, but it was not over quickly. Tonganoxie won big but could not put points together.
"In that first game, we played really well when they were serving," Robinson said. "They were only able to win a couple points at a time, but we never capitalized on our serve."
While Tonganoxie was already the favorite, key absences put Basehor-Linwood at an even greater disadvantage.
Senior Aubrey Bittel, junior Terra Nichols and sophomore Caitlyn McCarty all missed sub-state for reasons unrelated to volleyball. Robinson would not speculate on how the team would have fared with the three, but said it put the team behind.
"We only had a week to work on the chemistry of the lineup," Robinson said.
Robinson admitted the team's record was disappointing, but she was happy with the team itself.
"I have never enjoyed coaching a group more than this group," she said. "They worked so well together, and they all got along. This is a great group of kids, but with all the injuries, we had difficulty finding a rhythm."
Katie Burchfield led the Bobcats with four kills and two blocks. Lindsay Cunningham had three kills and two blocks. Tiffany Bates won six points serving, including four aces. She also had three blocks.
The Tonganoxie loss ended the careers of five Basehor-Linwood seniors.
Those seniors are: Tiffany Bates, Aubrey Bittel, Cristin Burnett, Lindsay Cunningham and Jennifer Douglas.