Lady Bobcats pick up season’s first win
After falling to Pembroke Hill, BLHS responds with road victory
After Friday's victory over Pleasant Ridge, Basehor-Linwood girls basketball coach Tami Holthus said one thing her players still had to work on was not being afraid to take the open shot.
Fortunately for BLHS, one person who wasn't afraid to jack it up on Friday was Brooke Sanders.
The sophomore hit from downtown time and again to bust up the Rams' zone defense and overcome PRHS' solid post game.
Sanders finished with a team-high 17 points.
"She took great shots tonight," Holthus said. "Every shot she took was a shot she should have taken."
Pleasant Ridge's zone was solid, especially for early in the season, but Sanders was able to find plenty of openings on the perimeter. She said she was comfortable shooting the three, but in the future would look for easier shots.
"I'll probably try to go inside more," she said.
One player who had no trouble scoring inside on Friday was junior Kate Stafford.
With Stafford banging her way for bucket after bucket in the paint, it was all the Lady Bobcats could do to keep up in the first half. But Sanders sent them into the locker room with momentum, draining a three just before the halftime horn to extend the team's lead to 23-17.
Pleasant Ridge was never able to whittle the margin down under six points the rest of the game.
Michelle Chrisman, who was second on the team with nine points, opened the second half for BLHS with a driving lay up and followed it shortly after with a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 28-19. It was one of the few flurries of offense for the Lady 'Cats, as they mustered just 18 points the rest of the half.
"Our girls are so focused at this point on running our offense and pleasing me that we're forgetting to play basketball just a little bit," Holthus said. "They need to understand that it's OK to shoot when you're open."
Though the Lady 'Cats were tentative offensively at times, they showed great improvement in ball control. One night after giving up over 20 turnovers against Pembroke Hill, BLHS turned the ball over just eight times at Pleasant Ridge. And the main beneficiary of the smoother running offense was Sanders.
When the Rams scored a put-back at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Sanders' response was quick and decisive. The next time down the floor she hit her fourth and final three-pointer off an assist from Erin Shore. There was still plenty of time left to play, but the shot would prove to be the nail in the coffin, as the Lady Bobcats cruised the rest of the way and won 46-34.
"This gives us more confidence going forward," Sanders said of her team getting its all-important first victory.
The Lady Bobcats' next game is set for Friday, Dec. 9 at home against Mill Valley.
Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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