Lady ‘Cats salvage sixth
Basehor-Linwood head coach Mardy Robinson was less than pleased with her team's rebounding performance following the team's loss to Blue Valley West.
In her mind, the Lady Cats' poor rebounding cost them the fifth-place game of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational Basketball Tournament, Friday, Jan. 24. Blue Valley West won, 66-44.
"We can't rebound the basketball," Robinson said following the game. "Plain and simple, if we box out we're in the game. It came down to playing defense and rebounding, and we didn't do either well in the second half.
"I'll put half the blame on myself," she said. "I have to figure out how to get them to rebound."
That was Robinson's explanation for how Blue Valley West was able to extend a five point halftime lead to 22 by the end of the game.
Blue Valley West controlled most facets of the second half, most importantly the score. They outscored Basehor-Linwood, 32-15 in the second half.
As frustrating as the second half was, the first half showed promise.
In the first quarter, the Bobcats were able to take the lead despite scorching shooting from the opposition. Their first lead came at the 5:04 mark when senior Aubrey Bittel fed senior Lindsay Cunningham for a layup making the score, 10-9.
Unfortunately for BLHS, offensive production began to taper off, and Robinson credited BV West for shutting down the Bobcat offense.
"We got some backdoors in the first half," Robinson said. "(Blue Valley West) went to a zone, and those looks weren't there anymore. Our outside shots didn't fall."
The coach is not the only reason Blue Valley West was good, though.
"They're a very good team," Robinson said. "They're 6A. They have a lot of ability. They have good shooters, and we didn't do a good job stepping out. We haven't faced a team where the post players could step out and shoot before."
The loss dropped BLHS's record to 6-5.
Bittel, who made the all-tournament team, led the Bobcats with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Bobcats 44 Atchison 32
Basehor-Linwood picked up their only win of the tournament in the second round.
The Bobcats defeated Atchison, 44-32 Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The game started well for the Bobcats as they jumped to an 11-1 lead with 3:45 left to play in the first quarter, and the Bobcats looked like they could control the game.
"I was pleased with the first quarter intensity," Robinson said.
But that pleasure faded late in the first quarter and into the second quarter. Atchison ended the first quarter with a 7-0 run and extended it to 9-0 to start the second quarter, which drew Atchison to within two points, 15-13.
Junior Kelly Schaffer ended the run with a put back to make the score, 17-13.
"In the second quarter, we had poor shot selection, and we didn't box out," Robinson said.
Regardless, Basehor-Linwood maintained its four-point lead through the third quarter, 33-29.
The Bobcats held Atchison to only three points in the fourth quarter and finished the game in the midst of a 15-4 run.
Basehor-Linwood had 47 rebounds, an impressive stat, but Robinson was not impressed.
"We were a lot bigger than them," she said. "We should have out rebounded them."
Bittel had another double-double despite foul trouble with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Schaffer led the team in scoring with 15 and also had 7 rebounds.