Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Basehor girls win game to remember

December 12, 2007

Sometimes plans slip away.

Elaborate plans fall with a slip in the ice.

I planned to attend a bunch of sporting events Saturday.

I planned to watch the basketball tournaments where the Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs teams were playing.

The schedules had broken in my favor. Times were lined up.

Ice was not going to stand in my way.

First, though, I had to get the oil checked in my car.

I was driving to get it looked at when my car slid out of control on a patch of ice and crashed into the curb.

The tire was wobbly, but drivable at least for a few hundred yards. I didn't feel comfortable driving it any further. I took the car to a repair shop, but they couldn't look at the car until Monday.

I had no ride and no way to the games.

I was disappointed because I wanted to see this Basehor-Linwood girls' basketball team play. They have been dominating this season.

They defeated Kansas City Metro Academy in the opening round of the Central Heights girls basketball tournament on Monday.

Metro Academy is a basketball powerhouse. They are coached by Gary Spani, a former Kansas City Chiefs football player.

His daughter, Taber Spani is a 6-foot-1-inch guard who can shoot the rock out with ease, and is being recruited by some of the best basketball programs in America.

The University of Connecticut is interested in her. So is K-State.

When UConn comes calling, that usually means you can play.

For a night, though, she couldn't beat Basehor-Linwood.

Noah Simpson and the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team executed a solid defense against them.

They face guarded her and ran a zone the rest of the time. It worked.

The Bobcats led most of the game and hung on to win it late.

Likely, they will always remember playing against Metro Academy. When she is playing division one college basketball on television, players will be able to recall beating her.

After the victory, they defeated Central Heights and then blew out St. James Academy to win the title.

It was this group of girls first title.

The way they are playing, it is going to be an exciting year. The team is being led by Cassie Lombardino who scored 20 points in the team's win over Metro Academy.

The team also is ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A State poll.

Sure, there is a long ways to go, and staying focused is key early in the season.

Friday's game against Mill Valley is a big one and should be a nice final test for this team before break.

It is the type of game you look forward too as both teams have been rolling early in the season.

Barring another slip, I should be in attendance at that one. I can't wait.

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