Bobcats defeat Mill Valley
Girls basketball team remains undefeated
Basehor-Linwood girls basketball coach Noah Simpson couldn't have written a much better script for how this season would unfold.
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team remained perfect Friday with a 52-40 win over Mill Valley High School.
Basehor, 5-0, is ranked in the Class 4A State poll by basketball coaches. Players are finding ways to win and Simpson's message is resonating with them.
"It feels great, we just have a great group of kids," Simpson said. "These kids work hard and have adjusted to me. They are dedicated to what we are trying to do."
The team is also blessed with a talented senior-post player like Cassie Lombardino who provides them with an excellent inside presence. Basehor ran its offense through her on Friday.
When Basehor-Linwood needed a basket in the game, Lombardino delivered.
"She is a player with her size and ability, when we need a basket, we trust what we can get it with her," Simpson said.
Lombardino finished with21 points in the game.
She was going against Mill Valley's Kaitlin Stacy and the two shared the spotlight for their teams.
Stacy scored 18 points in Friday's game.
In the end, Lombardino led the Bobcats to the win along with Brooke Sanders.
Sanders scored 12 points in the basketball game.
Basehor-Linwood won the game with their play in the second quarter.
The Bobcats outscored Mill Valley 10-3 in the period and led 25-15 at halftime, which stood up the rest of the game.
game with their play in the second quarter. The Bobcats outscored Mill Valley 10-3 in the period and led 25-15 at halftime.
"I thought for the most part we played fairly well, but I think we struggled in the second quarter, three of the four quarters we were in the game," Mill Valley coach Diana Krull said. "If you take out the second quarter and it is anybody's game."
In the second half, Basehor-Linwood led 36-23 when Mill Valley scored four-points in a row to make it a 36-27 game at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Mill Valley cut the lead to six points, but couldn't close the gap any further.
Basehor-Linwood made five of six foul shots in the quarter to win the game 52-40, which made it difficult for the Jaguars to rally.
"We worked hard, we knocked some free throws down at the end and I can't give our girls enough credit for finishing the ball game," Simpson said.
Scoring: Mill Valley; Hartman, 2; Garretson, 7; O'Hara, 2; Newhouse, 4; Gardner, 2; Gatewood, 0; Stacy, 18; Graviette, 5; Wheeler, 0; Bauer, 0.
Basehor-Linwood: Sanders, 12; O'Bryan, 6; Ashley Jeamnin, 2; Hooks, 4; Lombardino, 21; Chrisman, 5; Amber Jeannin, 2.