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Basehor-Linwood basketball teams discuss tournaments

December 12, 2007

Basehor-Linwood's two coaches have a unique perspective on pre-season tournaments now.

One, girl's coach Noah Simpson, just started his tenure by reeling off three wins to take the Central Heights tournament championship. The other, boy's coach Mike McBride, watched his team lose all three games at the Emporia tournament.

Regardless of this season's results, both coaches love watching their teams play the new opponents they face in tournaments and the amount of basketball they get to watch their athletes play.

"I like it. I love being able to go out and just play," Simpson said. "It gives the girls a chance to learn something in a game situation. These girls are experienced, so they can pick up on adjustments. We can throw things at them pretty quickly. I love being able to play a pre-season tournament and playing against teams that we normally don't play. We played three teams that we have never played before in this tournament."

Despite winning three games, Simpson watched tape and critiqued his team on a couple points over the weekend.

"I told the girls that I probably sound a little picky, but as we go further into the season and face strong competition, these are little things that we have to change," Simpson said. "We have to do a better job of running our offense and setting picks and screening effectively. We need to rebound a little better, which might also be picky because we have out-rebounded our opponents all four times. But we need to box out a little better and not give second chances."

McBride, who has a history of scheduling tough pre-season schedules, said he is going to re-evaluate how the team schedules pre-season tournaments. He said the Bobcats, at 4A, don't have the athletes to go up against the bigger players from bigger schools.

"It definitely snuck up on us, the competition level at this tournament," McBride said. "I like the tournament setup, but can we play at this level of competition?"

Regardless, McBride said playing such a high level of competition allowed him to accurately evaluate his team.

"It is better now than later," McBride said. "We could have gone into this situation, won three games and felt good about ourselves and never had any adversity or found anything out about our team. It is very important. We just can't panic as a coaching staff. We know we have a good team; maybe we just evaluated it wrong. What we are lacking is an emotional leader. When times get tough, we don't have that kid that is going to go crazy out there and make a big basket or make a big stop."

Simpson said he didn't see any negatives in playing three games in three days.

"Some people think the girls can get tired, but at the same time it gives them the ability to get into shape," Simpson said. "There is nothing like a game to get into shape. That is better than the conditioning we can give in practice."

Winning the Central Heights tournament set a the tone for the rest of the season.

"It allows our girls to know what they are capable of. Our whole goal is to win substate and make a run," Simpson said.

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