Lady Bobcats battle, but fall to Holton in tourney opener
The BLHS Lady Bobcats are looking for something right now. The problem is, they don't quite know what it is they are looking for. After three straight losses, they need to find what ever it is fast.
The Lady Bobcats came out looking very sluggish in a loss to Tonganoxie last Friday. The team showed obvious signs that the extended winter break hurt them, and head coach Mardy Robinson puts it squarely on her shoulders.
"The layoff of a month really hurt us," Robinson said. "The coaching staff didn't do a very good job of preparing them for this game."
This was a game the Lady Bobcats needed to forget about fast. Only three days away was there next game, the first game in the Bobcat classic, held at BLHS.
The Lady Bobcats were pitted against Holton, an opponent very similar to the themselves. The game would be won by whichever team wanted it more.
After the loss to Tonganoxie Robinson decided to mix things up. She changed things around and tried some new player rotations in an effort to find some continuity on the floor.
"We saw some bright spots out there, but the outcome just wasn't what we wanted to see," Robinson said. "We just had a couple of break downs, gave them easy buckets and couldn't finish."
The Lady Bobcats struggled to get good looks at the basket, but when they did they just couldn't get anything to fall.
"It was really frustrating when nothing was going in," freshman Brooke Sanders said. "We could have beat them, we just needed to get more open looks."
The Holton zone defense gave the Lady Bobcats some trouble, forcing them to take longer, lower percentage shots. When the Lady Bobcats did get the ball down low they still couldn't convert, and lost 37-27.
The Lady Bobcats have never won a first round tournament game, and extended that streak on Monday.
Robinson feels that her team is rather resilient and will bounce back from the two losses, they just need to start executing and the buckets will start to fall.