BLHS remains undefeated
Bobcats pick up pair of victories over Kaw Valley League schools, improve to 8-0
Basehor-Linwood dominated defensively in the first half, allowing only two points in each of the first and second quarters, as they defeated Perry-Lecompton 50-22 on Friday.
The Lady Bobcats led 23-4 at halftime.
"We played amazing defense in the first half," coach Noah Simpson said. "We really got after it defensively."
The Bobcats' offense was also able to push the tempo.
"Early on, we pushed the ball extremely well," Simpson said. "We really got up the court. You could tell the difference between our speed and Perry-Lecompton's. We are bigger than they are but they are scrappy. You could tell early on that our athleticism was going to get us some easy baskets, and it did."
Simpson was able to empty the bench after the team took a commanding lead in the game.
"It gave us an opportunity to play 11 players and get everyone valuable time at the varsity level and still win 50-22," Simpson said.
One such player was Cassy Bever, who played all four quarters of the junior varsity game and was inserted in the fourth. With the score 47-22 near the end of the game, Bever hit a three-pointer.
"To look down the bench and see all five starters cheering for her was great," Simpson said. "Everyone is pulling for each other. A lot of that comes from our senior leadership. Cassy is a sophomore that I have high expectations for in the future."
The Kaws played a 1-3-1 zone throughout the game.
"I think a lot of teams are going to zone us because we have a 6'3'' girl (Cassie Lombardino) inside and the easiest way to take her away is the zone," Simpson said. "So we have to focus on rotating the ball quicker and knocking down our shots."
Lombardino finished the game with 15 points.
"It is great to have a player like Cassie, for numerous reasons," Simpson said. "She faces the bulk of the defensive pressure, yet her teammates find ways to get her the ball in the right spots. Cassie works hard in every aspect of the game, and when teams collapse on her, she passes very well out of the double team."
Simpson said the biggest key to this year's team was the unselfishness of the players.
"It is amazing to watch these girls play," Simpson said. "I think people know Cassie is a strength of ours, but it isn't that we feel pressure to get her the ball. We have others who step up and can knock down shots."
Brooke Sanders added nine points and Courtney Hooks had eight.
Still, Simpson found some areas to critique his team. He said the Bobcats "didn't shoot the ball incredibly well," and had a few turnovers that looked "like we hadn't played in a few weeks."
Simpson said the team needs to work on the press break and continue working on rebounding. Simpson said the team did a better job of boxing out and securing the majority of rebounds against PLHS.
The Lady 'Cats with the win on Tuesday over Bishop Ward are 8-0, 5-0 in KVL play-a pretty good start for Simpson, who took over in the off-season.
"As much as I would like to tell everybody that it is me, it's not," Simpson said. "It's the girls. Their dedication to the game is making this ride what it is. I am doing everything I can do to prepare them, but they are the ones on Tuesday and Friday that go out there and play."
Basehor-Linwood remained undefeated on Tuesday with a 47-40 win over Bishop Ward.
Cassie Lombardino led the Bobcats with 18 points in the game.
She was one of two Bobcats players to finish in double figures.
Brooke Sanders scored 12 points in the game for the Bobcats.
The game was close throughout as neither team was able to take control of the contest. Basehor-Linwood outscored Bishop Ward 15-12 in the first quarter.
The two teams continued to battle back and forth in the second quarter. Bishop Ward outscored Basehor-Linwood 11-9 in the second quarter. Basehor led 24-23 at halftime.
Basehor-Linwood managed to outscore Bishop Ward 12-9 in the third quarter and maintained that lead in the final stanza of play. Basehor-Linwood outscored Bishop Ward 11-8 and won the game.
The Bobcats other scorers in the game were Courtney Hooks, 8; Amber Jeannin, 4; Megan O'Bryan, 3; Elyse Douglas, 2.
The Bobcats made 21 shots in the game and were 4-of-6 from the foul line.
Sports Editor Nick Bratkovic contributed to this report