Back on track
Basehor-Linwood powers by Mill Valley in second half for league victory
Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball players dominated the second half against Mill Valley on Friday night.
After going 0-3 in a basketball tournament in Emporia two weeks ago, the Bobcats outscored Mill Valley 38-12 in the final two quarters of play and won the game 58-32.
"This was a big morale boost for us," coach Mike McBride said. "We needed this game and for the rest of the year we ought to at least play hard every night. It doesn't matter if we win or lose. If you give that kind of effort we will be ready for the state tournament."
The Bobcats shut Mill Valley's offense down in the second half.
Mill Valley scored just three points in the fourth quarter of play.
"We weren't very good offensively," Jaguars coach Justin Bogart said. "I will take some responsibility for that.
Caleb Smith led the Jaguars with 19 points in the game.
The team's other players scored a combined 13 points.
"We are looking for leaders offensively," Bogart said. "You can't expect it to put it in his (Smith's) hands every night and have him keep us in games. He is a nice play, our best practice player, but that is an unfair expectation of him."
The Jaguars also struggled with rebounding the basketball on the defensive end of the floor. The Bobcats were able to get numerous second-chance shots during the game. When the Bobcats missed, players were able to rebound and continue the possession.
Basehor-Linwood started the second half on a 7-0 run and built a 13-point lead in the third quarter.
Jake Schierbaum led the team with 17 points and Tanner Swafford scored 15 points in the game.
The team's other scorer were Chandler Schaake, 8; Scott Ogilvie, 6; Alex Ziegler, 5; Anthony Pierce, 5.
Smith made a shot at the buzzer for the Jaguars, but the score was 39-29 entering the fourth quarter of play.
Basehor-Linwood opened the fourth quarter with a double-digit run of unanswered points and eventually won the game 58-32.
The second-half blowout followed a close first half of basketball between the two teams.
The score was 20-20 at halftime.
Mill Valley lived with the three point shot and Basehor-Linwood was able to pack in the basketball for high percentage shots.
Ziegler made a three point shot late in the first quarter to give Basehor-Linwood a 9-7 lead entering the second quarter.
The quarter featured physical play and a battle of two teams looking to gain an edge early in the Kaw Valley League basketball season.
Smith made a 3-pointer and a field goal to give Mill Valley a 12-9 lead early in the second quarter.
Smith had the quick release and scored three more points in the half. He scored 13 points in the half and propelled Mill Valley's offense.
"Caleb made some big shots for us. They went into halftime, made a couple of adjustments and we had no answer," Bogart said. "We really need someone to step up and provide a presence offensively because teams are going to key on Caleb."
Basehor-Linwood concluded the half on a 5-3 run to make the score 20-20 at halftime.