Lady ‘Cats rejuvenated after rough weekend
The Basehor-Linwood volleyball team was able to salvage a little confidence out of an otherwise tough week with a close game against a tough Tonganoxie squad Tuesday.
The Bobcats lost all four of their games in Saturday's Tonganoxie Tournament, before facing Immaculata and Tonganoxie at home on Tuesday.
The weekend tournament featured some of the toughest teams from across the state including a powerful Manhattan team, as well as Tonganoxie.
And even though they lost all of their games, the Bobcats gained confidence by playing hard and playing together.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, the team prolonged its losing streak by dropping matches to both squads, but coach Lisa Phelps remained optimistic after the team hung tough in its last game, tying Tonganoxie at 19-19 before falling 25-20.
"We played really well," Phelps said. "I think we're back, we've got our rhythm back."
The Bobcats looked uninspired at times in losing their first match to Immaculata 17-25, 21-25. Junior Malorie Morman had some extra incentive to encourage her teammates to step up against Tonganoxie.
"I used to go to Tongie, so I tried to talk them into beating them up for me," Morman said.
Basehor-Linwood scored first, but quickly fell behind Tonganoxie 4-13. Frustration with the officiating showed plainly on the faces of many of the Bobcats. The team battled back, but a lack of blocking at the net allowed Tonganoxie's hitters to pick their spots and finish off the victory 25-16.
The Bobcats found their stride in the second game, digging furiously and matching Tonganoxie hit for hit until both teams were even at 19. Then everything seemed to collapse, as a series of errors gave Tonganoxie the victory. The ending was uncharacteristic of a Basehor team that has shown a great ability to dig deep down the stretch and win close games.
"We killed ourselves at the end," Phelps said. "Little mistakes, fundamental mistakes, not passing the ball, not moving our feet, not talking."
Despite the difficult finish, Phelps said she was encouraged by the way the Bobcats battled in the last game, and that with a little more attention to fundamentals in practice they would have no problem ending the recent losing streak. Morman was also optimistic about the team's future.
"I think we can turn it around. We proved that today," Morman said. "We just need to play as a team and not get mad at each other. We have to bring each other up."
The Bobcats will face off against Piper and Santa Fe Trail at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Piper.