Archive for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bobcats return to gym

Basehor-Linwood hopes 3-0 start just the beginning

December 31, 2008

Christmas break ended early for the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team.

The Bobcats returned to the court Monday, and coach Noah Simpson said he planned extra running to get players back into shape.

“That snow day and not practicing the Thursday before break gives us 11 or 12 days off; now we have conditioning to get in,” Simpson said.

Players are attempting to shrug off the vacation rust, which was mandated by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

“You can’t expect a lot from the kids over break,” Simpson said. “The way Kansas does it, they shut down gyms and stuff for a week. When it is cold for a week, the players can’t go and run. Yet, we have kids that are dedicated and have spent time in the weight room to get stronger. It will take more than time off to lose the momentum we have built.”

Basehor-Linwood returns from the holiday break, fresh off a 3-0 record and a tournament championship in the Central Heights Invitational. The Bobcats had two scheduled games in the week following the tournament, but both were postponed due to inclement weather.

“I am very proud of our girls and how we played in the first three games,” Simpson said. “I felt like we were building momentum going into the next two games and they were canceled. Still, we get to go into break undefeated.”

Bren Koontz is averaging 11 points per game and leading the team in scoring. She is the Bobcats’ only player to score in double figures. Megan Bergstrom and Cassy Bever are averaging 9.3 points per game and Macyn Sanders is scoring 8.3 points per game.

Bever leads the team with six made three-pointers this season.

The Bobcats are averaging 48.7 points per game. The team has scored 146 points this season and allowed 91 points.

In other statistics, Bergstrom is averaging seven rebounds per game, and Courtney Hooks is averaging 7.7. Amber Jeannin leads the team with 12 assists.

As a result of having two games postponed, Basehor-Linwood will play 17 games in January and February, which isn’t necessarily a negative.

“It is beneficial,” Simpson said. “It will be game after game, and there will be no time to worry about what has happened in previous games. We will simply fix things and move on.”

The postponed games will take place the week after the Basehor-Linwood Invitational basketball tournament during a week when the Bobcats did not have any games scheduled. Basehor-Linwood will play Lansing on Jan. 27 and Mill Valley on Jan. 30.

The team also is working on a new zone defense with a different guard front.

“We are running one with two wings, which gives us an opportunity to show off some of our strengths,” Simpson said.

Basehor-Linwood plays Sumner Academy on Jan. 6.

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