Lady ‘Cats upended by Bonner Springs
Basehor-Linwood girls' basketball coach Mardy Robinson had no answer for Bonner Springs' interior game.
Nothing the Bobcats did to stop the Bonner Springs post players seemed to work in a 55-42 loss, Friday, Feb. 21.
And, they tried everything.
"Their post players outplayed us," Robinson said. "They took it to us right away, and we didn't react well. We tried four different defenses with no impact."
Senior Aubrey Bittel was one of the players trying to stop Bonner Springs inside.
"They have talent and size," Bittel said. "I was looking forward to this game. I thought we'd come out and play hard from the beginning. Instead, we rolled over and let them kick us."
Bonner Springs' interior dominance coupled with poor Bobcat shooting was an equation Basehor-Linwood could not overcome.
In the first quarter, Basehor-Linwood only hit 3 of 13 (23 percent) shots from the field.
That percentage did not improve much throughout the game as the Bobcats finished the night shooting 28 percent.
On top of that, Basehor-Linwood did not shoot a lot of shots, in part because of their offensive strategy to slow the game down.
The Bobcats only took 47 shots.
"We were trying to control the ball because they can't score when we have the ball," Robinson said. "But that's why they're a good team. They're No. 1 in the league."
Basehor-Linwood never led in the game as Bonner Springs gradually pulled away.
Junior Alex Jeannin hit a three-pointer early in the game to make the score, 4-3, but the Bobcats would never get any closer.
By the end of the first quarter they trailed 19-9, and the deficit grew to 32-14 at the half.
In the fourth quarter, Bonner Springs extended its lead to 25 points, 55-30, before the Bobcats ended the game with a 12-0 run.
Bittel said the team had to move on following the disappointing loss.
"We need to try to forget it," Bittel said. "I never want to think about this game again."
Bittel was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Bobcats, garnering another double double. She had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Jeannin was also in double figures with 10 points.
Senior Katie Burchfield had six points.
The Bobcats have one more shot to recover before sub-state. The Bobcats play at home, Friday, Feb. 28. They will play De Soto.
"They have an awesome big girl, too," Bittel said. "But we can beat them. We have to play well, better than we've been playing."