Sanders, Koontz spark BLHS girls past Osage City
Bobcats erupt in third quarter, use 14-4 run to put game away
Macyn Sanders and Bren Koontz combined to score 25 points in the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team’s 42-32 victory against Osage City in the season-opener on Tuesday at the Central Heights Tournament in Osawatomie.
Sanders scored 13 points off the bench in the game for the Bobcats.
“She did a wonderful job and picked up the whole team when she got on the court,” coach Noah Simpson said.
Koontz finished with 12 points and was a leader on offense for the Bobcats, settling her teammates down throughout the game on tight possessions.
“She did a good job of settling our offense and being a senior leader,” Simpson said.
While Koontz and Sanders led the team in scoring, Simpson said he was pleased with how his players performed in the second half.
“I thought everyone else did a wonderful job on defense, rebounding,” Simpson said. “We did a good job of hitting buckets when we needed to.”
The Bobcats seemed to find their groove on offense in the second half.
After a sluggish first half where players didn’t attack the basket like he wanted, Simpson told them to relax on offense and increase their intensity.
“I thought offensively we played a little timid. We didn’t attack like I think we can, especially in the first half,” Simpson said.
Basehor-Linwood responded by increasing a 20-19 halftime lead to 34-23 entering the fourth quarter thanks to better shot selection and stout defense.
“I definitely think we came out and answered the challenge,” Simpson said. “We did a lot of growing up tonight. What you are going to see is we have kids that work hard, and who give everything they have got when they are out there. I think that is going to take us a pretty long way.”
For a night, anyway, it was good enough to earn the Bobcats a trip to the semifinal game against Osawatomie at 6 p.m. Friday.