BLHS coaches set goals for new year
Coach looking for berth at state
Basehor-Linwood coach Mike McBride hopes 2008 is the year his team breaks through and reaches the Class 4A Boys State State Tournament.
On Dec. 31, he merged his personal New Year's resolution with his team's goal.
"I have lost five different districts or substate games, counting last year, either in overtime or by three or less points," McBride said. "My resolution is to get over the top and stop losing those close games - getting to state. We have the team to do it."
With that in mind, McBride said most of winter break was spent conditioning his team for the post-break schedule
"It's always a little frustrating, getting on a roll, and then you have to take five or six days off for Christmas Break," McBride said. "With family and stuff, it is obliviously the right thing to do. But hopefully we get that spark back."
Girl's coach Noah Simpson said his team added press packages over winter break. The Lady Bobcats have only pressed in one game this year. Simpson said the team also added some new wrinkles to the offense.
"Other than that, we have really emphasized rebounding," Simpson said.
The girls basketball team has out rebounded five of six opponents. The team was out rebounded by Lansing 31-30, but gave up 14 offensive rebounds-numbers that weren't aided by center Cassie Lombardino's foul trouble.
"That just won't cut it as the season goes on," Simpson said of the rebounding numbers against Lansing.
The teams will return to action on Friday at Perry-Lecompton.
"Perry is definitely going to be scrappy," Simpson said.
"They are going to get after it defensively. They will probably play us in a zone because of our height advantage. That will force us to shoot the ball well and be on top of our game. Every league game is crucial, every league game is tough." McBride said PLHS had great size in the post. The Bobcats will employ a variety of their zone defenses. PLHS does not have good size coming off the bench.
Simpson said his New Year's Resolution for the Bobcats was pretty basic. He wanted his team to play hard when it takes the floor.
"Really, really taking every game and every practice to the fullest. We have to go in with the idea that it really isn't far from being over. Having six seniors, to me, this is a time when we have to buckle down and not take anything for granted on the court. We have to do everything possible to be successful."
His personal New Year's Resolution was also influenced by his favorite game.
"I want to continue being passionate about the game and showing the girls how much fun the game is," Simpson said.
"Last night (New Year's Eve), I thought a lot about basketball and where we want to be, which is the State Tournament this year. My resolution is to give the girls everything I have to make sure that happens."