Bobcats tame Lions for KVL win
After suffering their first loss of the season last week against Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood was determined to not let history repeat itself.
So after struggling down the stretch and in overtime in defeat against the Chieftains, the Bobcats bounced back with a 47-45 win over Lansing.
"I know every time we get into one of these games that our girls can finish it out," coach Noah Simpson said. "I think last Friday shocked us-it's the first time someone really came back on us late. We talked all week about learning from that experience. It is devastating to lose a game, but it might not be a bad thing. You learn lot from a loss."
Cassie Lombardino scored a season high 26 points. Simpson said it was the best game of her career. The star senior center also had 12 rebounds and blocked four shots.
"We have a very balanced team, and we can be an unbelievable team when Cassie Lombardino plays like that," Simpson said. "She put things on her back and says 'I am going to play. 26 and 12 is huge.'"
She also saved her biggest shot for the end.
With the score tied 45-45, point guard Brooke Sanders found Lombardino, who hit a jump hook with 7.3 seconds left in regulation. Lansing advanced the ball down the court but was unable to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded, allowing BLHS to escape.
"We definitely had a silent determination," Lombardino said. "We didn't want to happen to us what had happened last week."
Michelle Chrisman added eight points, three rebounds, and four assists for the Bobcats. Ashley Jeannin scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds.
BLHS was outscored in every quarter except one. But they dominated the second quarter, outscoring Lansing 13-0. The first half was filled with runs- Lansing began the game 4-0, with BLHS scoring the next seven points, and then Lansing going on a 10-0 run. At that point the score was 14-7.
BLHS ended the first half on a 19-2 run to take a 10-point lead into halftime.
"When we got into the huddle after the first quarter, I flat out told them that we have to defend," Simpson said. "Sixteen points in a quarter is uncharacteristic of what we do. I told them we can't give up 64 points and expect to win."
In Tuesday's game against Immaculata, Cassie Lombardino scored point 1,000 in her career. The story is on 3B.
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