BLHS beats Cards for substate win
The score was 25-17 at halftime. It wasn't an imposing lead for Basehor-Linwood, but it probably should have been.
During Tuesday's first-round substate game between BLHS and Eudora, the Bobcats were the best team on the floor from a talent standpoint.
However, they struggled to build a significant lead on the scoreboard.
That changed quickly in the third quarter as Basehor-Linwood started on an 8-0 run.
The run spurred a 19-6 third quarter advantage for BLHS who went on to win 59-39.
"The first half was about as bad as we can play and we were still up by eight," coach Mike McBride said. "I knew if we settled down we would be alright. I felt that we had lots of things in the cupboard that we could bring out to get after them if we had to. So we didn't panic. We just had to settle down; we were kind of out of control."
Basehor-Linwood led 15-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Eudora scored the first five points of the second quarter, to close its deficit to 15-11, before Alex Ziegler hit a three-pointer two minutes in. Four points is as close as the Cardinals got.
Ziegler hit three 3-pointers in the game and finished with 12 points.
"Alex Ziegler stepping up tonight was huge," McBride said. "In the first half, if he doesn't hit all those threes, we are in trouble. It was another night where somebody else stepped up. We like that about our team. If you do different things to us, our kids should eventually figure out what you are doing and those that need to step up will."
Ziegler scored nine of the team's 25 first half points to help keep the Bobcats ahead.
"I was just open and shot it," Ziegler said. "All of my shots were within the offense."
Eudora played physical with Tanner Swafford and tried to take him out of the offense. After scoring just four points in the first half, he finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
The Bobcats had a balanced scoring attack against Eudora. Four players scored in double figures. Chandler Schaake scored 13 points and had five assists. Jacob Schierbaum had 10 points and seven rebounds.
"Our kids can all score," McBride said.
The Cardinals' offense revolved around senior Dylan Rust who scored almost half of the team's points, finishing with 18. He had 13 of the team's 17 first half points.
McBride said his team gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and will work to fix it.
"We got through it," McBride said. "They tried to be physical with us and they took us out of our game in the first half. We settled down in the third quarter and absorbed what they were trying to bring."
Now, the Bobcats will prepare for the next two substate games. McBride said the coaching staff has scouted the rest of the team's substate bracket.
"We've seen every team that is in our substate," he said. "We know what we are in for."
Basehor-Linwood needs to maintain the focus they had in the second half of Tuesday night's game to stay successful, Ziegler said.
"I thought we could have played better, but we came out with a win, and that is all that matters in substate," Ziegler said.