Basehor-Linwood hoops squads miss out on two game nights
Whether they needed it or not, BLHS basketball teams got an extension on their winter break this season, due to the inclement whether of recent weeks.
For safety reasons, the boys were unable to play Pembroke Hill last Tuesday, and both teams missed their game against rival Bonner Springs Friday.
The last time either team took the court was Dec. 14 against Lansing, games that both teams could have potentially won, but both lost.
When the teams take the floor tomorrow against Tonganoxie, it will be exactly a month since the losses, and one thing is for sure, the Bobcats can't wait to get some action.
"We're really itching to play," senior Joel Vandervelde said. "The break has been good; we got done a lot of the things we needed to work on."
One of the things that the boys team needed to work on was getting used to not having an intricate part of their offense in Jordan Fuqua, who transferred at the break. But according to head coach Mike McBride, that's not all they needed to work on.
"Losing Jordan hurt us, but we've moved on," he said. "We needed to become a better practice team, and we had some really good practices over the break."
In his first year at BLHS McBride feels his players are finally starting to understand the concepts he coaches and are starting to see their hard work pay off.
At 1-3, the team needed to make some adjustments at the break. McBride said the boys look a lot better and are starting to look for easier buckets from better floor spacing. They also are cutting down on the three pointers and will try to get to the line more often from drawing extra contact.
Unlike his players who just want to play, McBride was happy to get a couple of extra practices in, but now even he doesn't want to wait any longer.
"We've changed so many things over the break, we weren't quite ready for Pembroke Hill, and needed those extra days," McBride said. "You just run out of things to practice, though, and want to see where your at against another team."
The girls, at 2-2, didn't loose their leading scorer over the break and didn't need as much fine tuning as the boys, so the cancellation of their game just added a little more tension.
"It's like having to start your whole season over again," head coach Mardy Robinson said. "It's hard to keep the motivation level up without the excitement of a game."
The Lady Bobcats are a young team, so one thing the extended break helped with was giving the younger players just a little more time to mature.
Along with playing better defense in both zone and man to man, the Lady Bobcats have had a lot of trouble rebounding this season, so boxing out was a focal point in practices during the break. According to Robinson, practices went well, and her team has continually shown improvement.
"We had some beneficial practices," she said. "It's hard because you think you're showing improvement in practice, but you don't really know until you get in game situation."
What made this break seem just a little longer to Robinson, and what's made her players even more anxious to get back to competition, was their loss to Lansing almost a month ago. The Lady Bobcats had just come off an emotional win after freshman Brooke Sanders hit a buzzer beater to beat Mill Valley, but the emotions didn't carry over and the ladies lost to Lansing, a team Robinson feels they could have beaten.
"The loss to Lansing left a bad taste in our mouths, and we haven't had enough time to brush our teeth," Robinson said.
Like the sweat wiped away from their brows, the tension is thick at BLHS. Aggravated and bruised from beating on each other all winter, weather permitting, the Bobcats will get the chance to take out their aggressions tomorrow.