Lady Bobcats salvage home tourney showing with win
After losing in the first two rounds of the Bobcat Invitational, the Basehor-Linwood Lady Bobcats got the monkey off their backs and managed to stay out of last place in the tournament in which they hosted with a victory over Kansas City's Northeast in the seventh-place game.
It was the first win for the team after the winter break, and it was a win the Bobcats desperately needed.
Their last win came against Mill Valley, more than a month ago, when freshman Brooke Sanders hit a last second three pointer. The Lady Bobcats haven't been quite the same team since that shot.
After a month long winter break layover the Lady Bobcats looked sluggish and lethargic, loosing three straight, including the first two rounds of their own tournament.
Standing in between the Lady Bobcats and last place was KCNE, a team with only seven players, struggling just to get by.
"This was a must win game for us," BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said. "We're heading back into conference play, and we needed a confidence booster."
Facing a weak KCNE team who was unequipped to handle the quickness of BLHS, confidence is exactly what the Lady Bobcats got.
The Lady Bobcats dominated the pace of the game from the onset, and did exactly what they should have to a team of this caliber, defeating KCNE 63-36.
But it wasn't the huge margin of victory that made this an important win. It was the way in which the entire team was involved in the scoring, which will aid in the Lady Bobcats first step back to good basketball.
"We wanted to get everyone some playing time, knowing that everyone might not get to in the future," Robinson said, who used a number or different player rotations she hadn't used all season. "It still pointed out some of our weaknesses but I'm really proud of the girls."
Only one player for the Lady Bobcats didn't score and both senior Morgan Kenney (10 points) and freshman Cassie Lombardino (15 points) found themselves in double digits. Senior Sammy Paterson chimed in with nine, and sophomores Shae Sawalich, Breanna Beebee and freshman Michelle Chrisman all had five.
"I was really pleased that everyone who played, played well tonight," Robinson said.
Spreading the ball around against a slow, unorganized defense the Lady Bobcats showed why they felt like they should've done better in the tournament.
"I feel like we could've fared a little better but I'm not disappointed with the team's effort," Robinson said, whose teams have never advanced very far in the Bobcat Invitational.
By far it was the biggest team win of the season for the Bobcats, who show inseparable team unity off the court.Finally, they showed some harmony on the court, and with league play just around the corner, no time is better than the present.
The Lady Bobcats will continue to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together in a hurry, as they face a tough schedule over the next few weeks. The team will travel to Lansing Friday, Jan. 28 and will host rival Bonner Springs in a make up game on Thursday, Feb. 3.