Bobcats overcome sluggish start to earn road victory over Jaguars
Mill Valley boys basketball players used a different defense in Friday's 40-30 loss to Basehor-Linwood High School.
The Jaguars played a zone defense, which gave the Bobcats fits for three quarters of play.
"We figured if we ran man-to-man against them that we would be so exhausted at the end," coach Justin Bogart said. "They run their man to man defense so well."
Basehor-Linwood coach Mike McBride said he didn't expect Mill Valley to run those defenses against them, which varied between a three-two and a 1-2-2 zone defense because they had not shown those defenses before.
In the two zones, players were responsible for covering different areas of the Basehor-Linwood end of the floor.
The Jaguars' defense kept the game close into the fourth quarter.
With the score 32-28 in the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood guard Tanner Swafford forced a turnover and dribbled the other way in for a lay up to give his team a six-point lead.
The Jaguars answered with a field goal on their next possession, but neither team scored for the next minute of play.
Mill Valley had looks at the basket, but failed to make a shot.
The Bobcats didn't make another field goal in the game, but made six-of-six foul shots to win the game 40-30.
McBride said it was sort of a look ahead game for his team. The Bobcats have been focused on getting to the state tournament for so long that now as the season progresses, players have started to look toward the postseason.
During pregame he talked to his players about not looking ahead, but it took his team awhile to start rolling on offense in Friday's game.
Swafford led all scorers with 15 points.
Tanner Rainbolt scored 12 points for Mill Valley and Max Carroll scored 10.
The first half was a draw on the scoreboard with Mill Valley leading 20-19.
Neither team really was able to get into a flow on offense. Mill Valley, which had been plagued with shooting struggles earlier in the season, saw them return against Basehor-Linwood.
The score was 8-3 in the first quarter when Mill Valley went on an 8-6 run to close out the quarter. Kellen Kinnamon scored four points in the run.
Basehor-Linwood led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bobcats made just one field goal in the second quarter on a Swafford basket.
The two teams battled back and forth in the game. Mill Valley players were able to force turnovers and limit the effectiveness of Basehor's post players.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle as Basehor-Linwood made the only field goal in the first five minutes. The first field goal came on a Swafford field goal.
The Bobcats outscored the Jaguars 8-2 in the third quarter and led 27-21 at the end of the third quarter.
Every possession seemed to count. Caleb Smith scored the first basket of the game in the fourth quarter for Mill Valley. He dribbled to the lane and made a basket after beating the press.
McBride called timeout and challenged his team to step up.
He sensed their play was flat and that they needed a little bit of a pep talk.
He challenged them to go out and win the basketball game. Out of the timeout, the two teams traded baskets. Max Carroll made back-to-back baskets for Mill Valley.
Basehor-Linwood continued with a 10-2 run to win the basketball game.