Lady ‘Cats win!!!
BLHS girls dump Atchison for first win
Basehor-Linwood and Atchison both were looking for their first victory of the season when they faced off Friday in the seventh-place game of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational. Something had to give, and the Bobcats made sure it wouldn't be them.
The Lady 'Cats overcame a slow start to put up a season high point total and defeat Atchison 48-33.
"We were all so fed up with losing, we just wanted it so bad," senior Katie Burchfield said.
Burchfield became the first Bobcat to score in double figures in consecutive games this season, getting 11 against Atchison after leading the team with 15 in a loss to Park Hill on Wednesday. On Friday, Burchfield added five rebounds and was also huge on the defensive end with seven steals.
But the game was rocky early for her and the rest of the Lady 'Cats. Atchison jumped out to a 9-3 lead as Basehor struggled to get going offensively. But Kristal Holland and Samantha Paterson came off the bench, and the game suddenly turned around completely.
Holland converted two passes from Alex Jeannin into lay-ups and Paterson took another Jeannin pass and nailed a short jumper at the end of the first quarter to even the score at 11-11.
"Kristal Holland played really well again," Basehor coach Mardy Robinson said. "She's been doing a real good job."
Holland teamed with Burchfield to give the Lady 'Cats a strong advantage inside. The sophomore finished with six points, three steals and a team-high eight rebounds.
In the second quarter Basehor pulled away, as the Lady 'Cats played a disruptive full-court press and finally began to run and gun the way Robinson had envisioned.
Jeannin led the way, but she had plenty of help from her teammates, especially Paterson and freshman Tiffany Waxmonski.
"Sammy and Wax add a lot of speed when they come in, so it's nice to get them out on the floor," Robinson said.
Paterson used her height and quickness to snag two steals in the full-court press and added six points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field.
Waxmonski made a pivotal play at the end of the third quarter, stealing the ball in the backcourt and dishing the ball past a defender to Burchfield, who laid it in at the horn.
Burchfield's bucket made it 34-24.
In the fourth quarter the Bobcats had to weather a storm from Atchison junior Sarah Berger. Berger was one of the smaller players on the floor at 5-foot-5, but she used her quickness and smooth jumpshot to score a game-high 15 points, six of them in the final quarter.
"We kept putting her at the line, and that was the problem," Robinson said. "We've had a hard time with dribble penetration all year. When we play someone with a quick guard, we need to step up our man-to-man defense."
The free throw line was the one area that was really unkind to the Lady 'Cats against Atchison, as the team only went 12 of 33 from the charity stripe.
But Basehor got the right person on the line in the fourth, as Jeannin was fouled repeatedly and nailed six free throws down the stretch to seal up the game.
Jeannin had her most solid all-around game of the year, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and five assists. Her backcourt mate, Kelly Schaffer, chipped in six points, four rebounds and three blocks.
Rebounding had been a major problem for the Lady 'Cats throughout the season, but Holland led a strong team effort on the boards on Friday.
Even Audra Pierce, the shortest player on the Bobcats roster, grabbed four rebounds. All in all, it was easily the team's most encouraging performance of the year.
"It gave us a big boost of confidence that we needed to go out and win in the second half of the season," Burchfield said. "It kind of brought us closer as a team too."