Cats get back on track
Basehor-Linwood rebounds after 10-game winning streak is snapped by Sumner
Basehor-Linwood bounced back on Tuesday night with a 58-36 win over Piper after seeing its 10-game winning steak snapped over the weekend.
"We played well," coach Mike McBride said. "They tried to spread us out, but we stuck with the man to man and eventually wore them down. We just kept plugging away."
Tanner Swafford exploded for 32 points.
"I'm not sure what kind of 'D' they played," McBride said. "Everybody did a good job of getting open. They weren't doing anything different with Swafford. That's what happens when you go 1-on-1 with him. It's what the defense gave him."
The Bobcats had fallen 77-63 against Sumner Academy on Saturday. BLHS was up by 5 points with seven minutes left but could not close the game out after Swafford fouled out.
"We played very well," McBride said. "It was a lot closer than the final score. Everybody contributed. The kids were upset that they didn't win. The way Sumner plays defense, they are going to expose your weakness. They put pressure on us."
The Bobcats were able to take out their frustrations on Piper. McBride said it was a "very workman-like" performance.
The game did not have the marquee status of last year's late-season showdown between the squads that swayed the KVL in BLHS's favor.
"Last year the Piper game was the one that everyone talked about all year long," McBride said. "It had been a long time since the Basehor-Linwood boys had really won anything. The thing I like about this year, if we win it's what we were supposed to do. The kids are focused on sub-state.
"If we see Piper in sub-state, and there is a good chance of that, hopefully our focus will be a little bit better. We are healthy and we are focused. In practice the kids are listening. They are executing the game plan. Last year we didn't handle the limelight well."
Anthony Pierce added eight for the Bobcats. All other scorers for BLHS had three points or fewer.
The Bobcats actually trailed 14-13 after the first quarter. A strong second stanza allowed BLHS to seize control; they led 29-18 at halftime.
The 'Cats pushed the lead to 15 early in the third quarter before Piper brought it back to 10. The Bobcats then turned it on and led by more than 25 points before inserting bench players.
The Bobcats pushed their record to 14-5 with the win. Friday's home game against Bonner Springs will wrap up the regular season.