Lady ‘Cats’ last-second shot falls short
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team came within inches of getting its first win of the season on Tuesday. The Lady 'Cats played their most complete game so far, but lost 33-32 to Piper when Alex Jeannin's last-second shot rolled off the rim.
Basehor took an 11-5 lead after the first quarter behind some ferocious defense. When Jeannin and Katie Burchfield got in foul trouble in the second quarter, the team suffered a brief letdown, but stayed even with the Pirates thanks to a lift from the substitutes.
"Kristal Holland, Sam Paterson and Nicole Kirk played really well off the bench for us," Basehor coach Mardy Robinson said.
The game stayed close in the second half, despite some offensive struggles from the Bobcats. The team could have put Piper away but scored just four points in the fourth quarter.
"We just went cold," Robinson said. "We were getting good looks but they just weren't falling."
Even so, Basehor ended up with the ball and a chance to win at the end. With the Pirates up 33-32 and 18 seconds left, Robinson called a play that had Jeannin taking the ball into the lane and then kicking out to an open teammate. But Jeannin's pass was tipped out of bounds by a Piper player with just four seconds left.
Robinson called a timeout and set up a play for Jeannin to come off a Burchfield screen and look for Kelly Schaffer outside or Morgan Kenney inside. When Jeannin got the ball on the left side, though, both Schaffer and Kenney were guarded. Jeannin took one dribble and got herself a good look, but the ball rolled off at the buzzer. Schaffer led the team with eight points, including two three-pointers. Robinson gave special praise to her bench players and Jeannin, who is now just two assists from the school record.
A few days earlier, Jeannin and the Bobcats dropped a game to arch-rival Bonner Springs, 38-30.
Turnovers and too many missed buckets from point-blank range cost the Bobcats in what otherwise would've been a highly competitive contest.
At halftime, Bonner Springs led by seven points, but as the Bobcats continued to miss lay ups and two-footers in the second half, the Bravettes stretched their lead to double-digits.
The lead reached as many as 15 --5-20 --ate in the game, but the Bobcats staged a ferocious comeback to make things interesting.
BLHS connected on a few outside shots and crashed the boards with reckless abandon to cut the Bonner lead to five with a minute to play. But that was as close as the Lady 'Cats would get, as Bonner Springs iced the game from the free throw line.
The Lady 'Cats will return to action next week when they host their side of the Bobcat Invitational basketball tournament.