BLHS girls ready to start season
Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball players are starting to tire of preseason practice.
They have worked against each other for more than two weeks in drills, shooting exercises and scrimmages.
Teammates’ practice jerseys are looking rather familiar, and the monotony of practice is settling in. Now, the Bobcat are ready for the regular season to begin.
Unfortunately, for the players, they will have to wait a little longer than usual to begin the season. The Bobcats will not play Friday as they have in past seasons when area high school teams open the season.
Instead, the team tips off the season Tuesday with a game against Osage City in the Central Heights Invitational Tournament. Osage City will play Friday and BLHS coach Noah Simpson plans to use it as a chance to scout them.
“They will have one have one game under their belt, and we want to make sure we are ready for Tuesday,” Simpson said.
Osage City, a Class 3A opponent, finished with a 16-6 record last season and didn’t have a senior on the roster.
“They return everybody from a team that knows how to win,” Simpson said. “They like to push the ball and play pressure defense.”
Osage City is also ninth in the state in Class 3A rankings.
The Bobcats could benefit from getting to scout the game, Simspon said.
“It is actually pretty beneficial,” Simpson said. “We get to go scout Osage City. It allows our other coach to scout league teams, Lansing plays at Bonner Springs and we have (Lansing) coming back from the tournament.”
The boys and girls will play on the same night in the first round of the tournament. The boys team will play at 6 p.m. and the girls will play at 7:30 p.m. with the games taking place at Osawatomie High School.
If Basehor-Linwood wins the opening round game of the tournament, it would play Friday, Dec. 12. The other teams in Central Heights’ tournament are Osawatomie, West Franklin, Spring Hill, Kansas City-Northeast, St. James Academy and Central Heights. A bracket was unavailable at press time.
“Our goal is to be in the championship game and see what we can do,” Simpson said. “We have a shot, but told I the girls ‘the first game is important to go out and focus on the first game.’”
The Central Heights Tournament is the first of 20 regular-season games, beginning the journey of a season that the Bobcats hope continues through the Class 4A sub-state tournament and beyond.
“Our goal is to be playing as well as we can by March; an early test is tough to judge where we stand and see what we have to do to get better at,” Simpson said. “Basketball being four months long allows you to get things rolling by the end of the year. Our goal this year is to be playing best at sub-state and make a run at the state tournament.”