Lady ‘Cats win a pair of league road games to crawl above .500
The Basehor-Linwood girls' basketball team escaped Mill Valley and a bizarre finish to capture the victory, but it took an extra period to get it done.
With a 60-59 win, the Bobcats defeated Mill Valley for the second time this year, Friday, Feb. 7. However, controversy clouded the final seconds of regulation that possibly prevented the Basehor-Linwood from winning before overtime.
Basehor-Linwood led, 52-51, with 12.7 seconds left in the game and junior Alex Jeannin at the free throw line. She sank the first, but as she prepared for her second shot, music began playing over the Mill Valley public address system.
The music did not stop until after Jeannin missed the free throw badly. Basehor-Linwood head coach Mardy Robinson jumped up to argue the situation, but play continued. Mill Valley made a layup as time expired to tie the score, 53-53.
After the buzzer, Robinson continued to argue that the home team should receive a technical foul, but the officials made no action.
"In my opinion, it should have been a technical, or (Jeannin) should have shot again," Robinson said. "It was just a bad situation all around. It caught the officials off guard, so they weren't ready to react to it. In their defense, they did a good job the whole game, so I can't complain about them."
Jeannin said she could not believe the music came on, and that it did affect her shot.
"I was concentrating, bend your knees, bend your knees," Jeannin said. "Then I hear music. The first thing I thought was our administration gets mad if we do anything, and they're playing music? It totally took me out of my train of thought."
Jeannin was instrumental in the Bobcats' win, showing a scoring punch she has not shown often this year. She had 16 points and four assists, and she hit two free throws at the end of overtime to put the game out of reach.
"I told her to come out and take shots when she was open," Robinson said.
She did that, nailing three three-point baskets and igniting the Bobcats in the second quarter to help keep them close to Mill Valley.
Twice in the second quarter, Jeannin hit three-pointers to cut their deficit to one.
A constant all season for the Bobcats has been senior Aubrey Bittel, and she again came up huge against Mill Valley. She had 22 points and eight rebounds, and she practically took control of overtime.
"Aubrey has become our most aggressive offensive player," Robinson said. "She leads by example.
"She is one of those people that plays well when she's upset," she said. "Before the overtime, she was mad."
Bittel had five points and two rebounds in overtime. Her two free throws with less than a minute gave the Bobcats a 58-56 advantage before Jeannin's two free throws put the game out of reach.
Robinson also made sure to praise senior Tiffany Bates for her performance. Robinson had been stressing rebounding, and Bates dominated the boards with 10 rebounds.
Unlike Basehor-Linwood and Mill Valley's previous meeting, which the Bobcats won, 52-31, this game was close throughout. The largest lead for both teams was four points. Robinson gave credit to Mill Valley for the change in competition level.
"Mill Valley is much improved," Robinson said. "They are a different team now. They will be a contender next year if they continue to improve and step up the way they have."
The three-point shot was crucial for the Bobcats against Mill Valley. Four different players hit three-pointers, and the team made eight overall. Jeannin made three, Bittel and senior Lindsay Cunningham made three, and junior Kelly Schaffer hit one.
Lady 'Cats 73 Perry-Lecompton 65
Tuesday night, the Lady 'Cats followed up their dramatic win at Mill Valley with another league road victory, this time at Perry-Lecompton.
Alex Jeannin again led the way for BLHS, as she scored 14 points and hit double-digits for the second game in a row, while running the show at the point.
The Lady 'Cats used balanced scoring to explode for a season-high 73 points.
In addition to Jeannin's 14, Aubrey Bittel led all scorers with 18, Kelly Schaffer added 12 and Tiffany Bates and Lindsay Cunningham scored 11 a piece.
The two teams played to a 14-14 tie in the first quarter, but BLHS pulled away in the second quarter with a 20-4 domination of the Kaws.