Balanced attack leads Basehor girls by Mill Valley
Mill Valley's three-point barrage was no match for Basehor-Linwood's inside-outside balance on Tuesday, as the Lady Bobcats beat the Lady Jaguars 56-40.
The win gave the Lady 'Cats a 2-3 record heading into winter break.
The inside game was provided mainly by Cassie Lombardino, who scored 14 points on a variety of post shots and free throws. The outside game was the domain of Michelle Chrisman, who went 4-5 from three-point range and finished with a game-high 20 points.
"I was a lot more confident and I was just feeling it," Chrisman said.
Chrisman wasn't the only one on the floor who was feeling it from downtown, though. Stanisha Garlington had four of her team's five treys and her perimeter points more or less kept Mill Valley in the game.
The Jaguars were in striking distance most of the game, but after the Bobcats got the lead they did a good job of keeping them at arm's length. When Mill Valley cut the lead to 26-24, Basehor-Linwood responded decisively. Lombardino kicked it out of a double-team to Megan O'Bryan, who hit a jump shot. Ashley Jeannin stole a pass in the backcourt and dished to Chrisman for a three.
Jeannin's sister, Amber stole the Jaguars' next possession and set up Chrisman for a jumper, and suddenly the Lady 'Cats were up 33-24.
In the fourth quarter Mill Valley would get as close as six, but when they did Chrisman immediately hit another three to restore her team's comfortable cushion.
The Jaguars got within seven midway through the fourth quarter, but BLHS then won going away, scoring the final nine points of the game.
Chrisman and Lombardino were the scoring stars for Basehor-Linwood, but the victory was a total team effort. The Bobcats expanded their rotation and had 10 players play significant minutes, including a few who were seeing their first varsity action.
The liberal substitutions might have hurt some teams' chemistry, but the Lady 'Cats didn't seem to have any trouble jelling.
"We can get in and out for breaks more that way," Chrisman said. "Then we can count on getting more from everybody."
Besides her solid point total, Lombardino led the team with eight rebounds. Ashley Jeannin had a breakout game for Basehor-Linwood, stuffing the stats sheet with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. She seemed sparked by playing alongside her sister, a freshman who had three assists in her varsity debut.
The victory will give the Lady Bobcats a warm memory to get them through winter break.
They don't play again until Friday, Jan. 6. That night they will take on Bonner Springs at home in the annual courtwarming celebration.