Cutting down the nets
Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team celebrates league championship
Using a ladder, Tanner Swafford stepped up to the net and clipped a piece of it.
After cut the net, but forgot to take a snippet for himself before stepping down off the ladder.
His teammates didn't. One by one, they stepped up and clipped a piece of net they had shot on this season inside the Basehor-Linwood High School gymnasium.
When all the other varsity players had gotten a piece, Swafford stepped up and clipped off another piece.
"It feels nice," he said later. "Really nice."
Then he handed the scissors to coach Mike McBride who clipped the final piece and hoisted into the air.
It was time for a brief celebration for the Bobcats of their Kaw Valley League championship.
"I had never done that before," McBride said. "Hopefully, we can do it again next Saturday."
Basehor-Linwood won the title outright for the second season in a row with a 55-41 victory over Bonner Springs on Friday and a little help from Lansing High who defeated Perry-Lecompton 63-55.
If Perry-Lecompton had won, the two teams would have shared the title.
After taking pictures with family and friends, the seniors on both the girls and boys' teams huddled and talked about unfinished business.
"We are having a great time here," Swafford said. "We just have to have fun and compete. We are focused for substate."
Basehor-Linwood, which enters as the No. 3 seed will play No. 6 seed Eudora at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
"We have talked all year long and been waiting for substate," McBride said. "The last couple of weeks we have been waiting for it. It is finally here."
In the regular season finale, Bonner Springs pushed Basehor-Linwood for three and a half quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the score was 42-41 when Swafford scored points on four consecutive possessions to give his team a 50-41 lead and control of the basketball game.
"It was for the league championship and a game we didn't want to give it up," Swafford said. "I am excited that I was able to step up and take charge. I knew we weren't going to lose."
Swafford led all scorers with 21 points. Anthony Pierce scored 10 points. The Bobcats other scorers were Jacob Schierbaum, 9 Alex Ziegler, 2; Chandler Schaake, 2; Scott Ogilvie, 6.
The game was close for its first three quarters. Basehor-Linwood led 15-11 at the end of the first. Bonner Springs tied the game at 15 in the second period on a Tyler Jock three-pointer.
The Bobcats answered with an 8-0 run as Pierce made two shots from three-point range and a layup. BLHS led 25-19 at half.
Basehor-Linwood built a 10-point lead early in the third quarter and the score was 38-29 at the end of it.
Bonner Springs used a 14-4 run in the fourth quarter to make it a 44-41 game.
Martin Birch led the Braves with 18 points. He was there to make big shots for the Braves throughout the basketball game.
"We played hard," coach Ryan Hull said. "We went hard and kept getting caught up, then they would stretch it out again, then we would get caught up and they would pull away. That is the story of our season."
The story on Friday ended with Swafford's scoring run.
Bonner Springs will play at Lansing during the first round of substate next week. The bracket and day and time will be finalized on Saturday.