Lady ‘Cats still reaching for win
BLHS fighting to find consistency with floor general on the bench
The Lady 'Cats' defense kept them within striking distance for most of last Friday's game against Mill Valley.
But without floor leader Alex Jeannin, the offense never got on track enough to earn BLHS its first victory.
Jeannin, the senior point guard, sat out with a sore knee, and the Lady 'Cats lost, 49-22.
Mill Valley came out in a full court press that scrambled Basehor from the beginning. The Bobcats fell behind 13-0 before Morgan Kenney hit a runner in the lane to get them on the board.
They played catch-up the rest of the way and couldn't get into the up-tempo offense coach Mardy Robinson has tried to install.
"We're not used to doing it without Alex, pushing the ball," Robinson said. "It would be difficult without her, but it could be done."
In the Bobcats' first game against Clay Center, Jeannin led the team with six assists. Against Mill Valley the Bobcats only had seven assists as a team. Kenney had two and junior Samantha Paterson, who started in place of Jeannin, also had two to lead the team.
Rebounding was also a problem against the Jaguars, who often nullified Basehor's defensive stands by hitting the glass and getting second-chance points.
"A lot of times we got our hands on the ball, but not two hands," Robinson said. "We need to be ripping it down and we need to up the aggressiveness."
Kristal Holland led Basehor with six rebounds off the bench and senior Ashley Odle, at only 5-foot-2, was second with four.
Despite their troubles rebounding and passing, the Bobcats' defensive fire kept them close for most of the game. They pulled within 31-17 in the third quarter after Katie Burchfield hit a lay-up on an in-bounds play.
The game would have been even closer had the Lady 'Cats been able to cash in from the free throw line. They were just 2-16 from the stripe as a team, losing out on valuable opportunities to put points on the board.
"We work on it a lot, but we're too afraid to miss in the games," Kenney said. "In practice we do well."
The Jaguars pulled away in the fourth quarter, holding the Bobcats to just three points, but Kenney's play was a definite bright spot for Basehor. The junior had eight points on 3 of 6 shooting from the floor and encouraged her teammates whenever frustration began to creep in.
"Morgan's willing to be a vocal leader, and she'll also lead by example," Robinson said. "She knows this will be her team next year and she's really starting to show it."
Paterson also showed plenty of potential in her first start of the season. She and Burchfield each scored four points and Paterson beat Mill Valley with several good lob passes to teammates cutting backdoor that usually led to either buckets or fouls.
BLHS 39, Tonganoxie 54
The Lady 'Cats faced another setback on Tuesday, losing to Tonganoxie 54-39.
The team fell behind early and trailed by 17 points at halftime. Rather than let frustration set in, Basehor battled, outscoring Tonganoxie by 2 in the second half.
Kenney continued to embrace a bigger role on the team, becoming the first Lady 'Cat to hit double figures in scoring this year by notching 13 points. Freshman Tiffany Waxmonski got her first start, playing the point for most of the game.
The Lady 'Cats' next game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Lansing.