Lady ‘Cats nearly snag second victory
After going nearly two months before getting their first victory, the Lady 'Cats almost didn't have to wait long to get their second. Coming off a victory against Atchison, Basehor played Immaculata tough, but were victimized by a string of questionable calls in the fourth quarter and lost 33-31.
It was a difficult loss for Basehor to swallow, as the team's starting five had its most solid game, working well together and scoring all 31 points after getting a big boost from the bench in the Atchison victory.
The subs didn't get as many minutes on Friday as coach Mardy Robinson watched her seniors nearly beat Immaculata, something they hadn't yet done.
"They were playing well together as a team and I didn't want to throw off their chemistry," Robinson said. "And that's definitely not a knock on our bench players because they've been playing very well recently too."
Two seniors, Alex Jeannin and Katie Burchfield, led the way for Basehor in an occasionally frenzied first quarter. The two connected on three full court passes, with Burchfield finishing strong on the other end each time. Basehor came back from being down 8-2, to trail just 10-8 at the end of the quarter. Jeannin finished with seven points, seven assists and three blocks. Burchfield had eight points and eight rebounds.
"The big thing for Katie is finishing," Robinson said. "When she gets out and runs and finishes, we usually play well."
The Lady 'Cats continued to play well in the second quarter, taking their first lead as Morgan Kenney converted a three-point play to put the team up 11-10. Kenney was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line and finished with five points and eight rebounds.
Things cooled down after that, and BLHS trailed 23-20 going into the fourth quarter. Robinson called a timeout and gave her squad a fiery speech before the end of the third.
It seemed to have the desired effect, as the team busted off a 9-0 run to take control of the game.
Kelly Schaffer dropped in her third three pointer of the game and a team-high 9 points, and Nicole Kirk, who led the team with three steals, hit a free throw to put Basehor up 29-23 with only a few minutes remaining.
But in those few minutes the officials seemed to focus all of their calls on the Lady 'Cats. Jeannin picked up her fourth foul and had to tread carefully on defense. Meanwhile the Lady Raiders were sent to the line time and again in the final minutes.
Beth Lemm made a free throw for Immaculata to tie the game at 31 with only minutes left. Burchfield was called for a foul away from the ball and, with Immaculata in the bonus, senior Devon Ezell went to the line with 10 seconds left. Ezell made both pressure-packed free throws to put her team up 33-31.
The Lady 'Cats pushed it up the floor and got the ball to Burchfield, who was fouled inside with two seconds left.
She missed the front end and Basehor was called for a lane violation as Burchfield missed her second free intentionally.
BLHS fouled immediately and the Imac player misfired from the free throw line, giving the Lady 'Cats one last chance. But Kenney's desperation shot from halfcourt fell short.
Basehor suffered another loss Tuesday, though it wasn't nearly as close. Tonganoxie jumped on the Lady 'Cats in the third quarter, turning a 10-point halftime lead into a 23-point advantage.
The Lady Chieftains went on to win 58-33, despite another strong game from Jeannin, Schaffer and Burchfield. Burchfield led the team with 10 points. Schaffer had three three-pointers for another 9 point game and Jeannin led the team in assists.