Lady Bobcats keep on rolling along
BLHS girls snag two more Kaw Valley League victories, move to 6-1 on the season
Basehor-Linwood girls basketball coach Tami Holthus promised last week that her team would not overlook any opponent.
In a contest that could have been a trap game, her team made good on its coach's word, blasting Perry-Lecompton 53-19 last Friday.
"I was pleased with our overall effort," Holthus said. "Anytime you hold a team to 19 points, I feel like that is a pretty good defensive effort."
The win improved the Lady Bobcats to 5-1 on the season, with a perfect 3-0 mark in Kaw Valley League play.
Basehor-Linwood jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead as the first quarter buzzer sounded. By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 23-11. The Lady Bobcats ratcheted up the defensive pressure even more in the second half, holding the Kaws to just eight points.
"We forced them to take quick shots out of their comfort zones," Holthus said.
The Kaws were held to an anemic 24 percent shooting from the field.
Despite the superb defensive output, the Lady Bobcats struggled to shoot the ball, as well. They finished 32 percent from the field, 20-for-63, for the game.
"We did not shoot the ball particularly well," Holthus said. "But as the first game back from break, maybe some of that is to be expected."
The coach was able to find solace in her team's shooting, as the Bobcats went over her stated free throw goal of the season.
"We did shoot above 70 percent from the free throw line, so I am pleased with that," Holthus said.
BLHS was able to move the ball around while on offense. The Lady Bobcats ended the night with 11 assists on their 20 field goals.
"We are doing a good job of finding each other," Holthus said.
The Lady Bobcats were also tenacious on the boards. They managed to collect an astounding 22 offensive rebounds off their 43 misses.
"If you aren't shooting it well, you can make up for it by chasing down your misses," Holthus said. "It gave us opportunities to extend possessions, and I am really pleased with the way we are going to the boards."
Bren Koontz collected a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She was also active on defense, nabbing three steals. Koontz was also perfect at the free throw line, going 4-for-4.
The Lady Bobcats only senior experienced a special night. Amanda Vitt had nine points and four rebounds, and later was a queen candidate during the evening's Courtwarming festivities.
"She did a nice job of making decisions," Holthus said. "I was real excited for her."
Brooke Sanders and Michelle Chrisman also added nine points apiece for BLHS.
"Our scoring was very balanced, and that is always a positive when you see that," Holthus added.
Sanders helped spur the energetic offensive rebounding. From the point guard position, she had seven offensive rebounds, and nine total.
"I was very pleased with that," Holthus said. "It was a big time effort."
BLHS 48, Bishop Ward 30
Tuesday night, the Lady Bobcats traveled to Bishop Ward and rolled their way to an easy victory over the .500 Cyclones.
BLHS jumped all over Ward in the first quarter, outscoring the Cyclones 14-2 in the opening quarter.
Bishop Ward closed the gap to nine by halftime, but BLHS responded with a 17-8 advantage in the third quarter to put the game on ice. Lombardino led all scorers with 14 points and three of her teammates scored between 6 and 8 points to pace the Lady Bobcats.
Next up, BLHS will travel to Bonner Springs on Friday, Jan. 12, for a battle with the Bravettes.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.