Basehor-Linwood, Tonganoxie teams split first of 2 hoops meetings this week
At the end of Round 1, we have a split decision.
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball squad fell to top-ranked Tonganoxie, 42-32, Tuesday in Tonganoxie.
But in the final game, the Bobcat boys dominated in a 51-33 win against the Chieftains.
Tuesday's game originally was scheduled for December, but inclement weather postponed the game. Tuesday was the only date both schools could schedule the make-up, which, coincidentally, is three days before the second regularly scheduled game between the two schools, Friday in Basehor.
For the Bobcat boys, who snapped a two-game losing streak in their home tournament last week, the squad will try to sweep the season series in the rematch Friday.
So will BLHS coach Mike McBride stick with Tuesday's game plan, which was quite efficient, or switch it up for the second showdown?
"I play everything by ear," McBride said.
Tonganoxie won the tip-off and led, 2-0, but never led again.
BLHS built a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and maintained that lead, taking a 30-16 advantage into halftime.
Basehor-Linwood out-rebounded THS by just one, 34-33, but had 11 second-chance points, compared to two for THS.
"We were out-rebounded by 250 rebounds last year," McBride said, noting that offseason emphasis on rebounding and new drills have improved that category immensely.
The Bobcats also outscored the Chieftains, 19-1, on points off turnovers.
Basehor-Linwood's Tanner Swafford led all scorers with 15, while Austin Knipp and Matt Fanning each scored 11 for the Bobcats. Fanning had three three-pointers, while Knipp and Tanner Bowers each made a three-pointer as well.
BLHS improved to 8-4 with the win, while THS fell to 8-4.
In the girls game, BLHS had THS in an unfamiliar postion -- trailing at halftime.
The Bobcats led, 20-12, at the half, and remained in front heading into the fourth with a 24-21 lead.
But Tonganoxie, the No. 1 team in Class 4A, broke out with 21 points in the fourth and remained undefeated with a 42-32 win.
Cassie Lombardino led BLHS in scoring with 11, while Bren Koontz scored eight for the Bobcats.
Elizabeth Baska scored 12 for THS, while Ali Pistora scored 10 for the Chieftains.
THS coach Randy Kraft said he knew entering Tuesday's game that it would be a challenge.
"They're a good ball team," Kraft said.
At the end of the boys game Tuesday, student sections from both schools chanted back and forth.
At one point, Tonganoxie students chanted "Girls Game Friday," to which Basehor students responded "Bring It On."
THS improved to 11-0 Tuesday, while BLHS dropped to 7-5.