Bobcat basketball teams defend court
Teams win opening round games of home tournaments
Noah Simpson always has goals for his basketball team.
Typically, they start with defense. He wants the players to shut opponents down and set the tone for the game in the first half.
On Monday, Basehor-Linwood outscored Ottawa 29-5 in the first half and won the game 49-19. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
Afterward, Simpson said it all started with that defensive goal.
"That is the best defensive effort that we have had all year," he said. "When you hold a team to five points at half, I can't comment enough about how the girls played on defense."
The Bobcats forced turnovers and converted on offense. The team got a scoring boost from Elyse Douglass who made a pair of three-point shots in the game and finished with 10 points.
Her play seemed to open up the Cyclones' defense.
"That is what she is capable of," Simpson said. "When she hits shots it makes it tough for opposing teams to defend us."
Senior Cassie Lombardino also scored 12 points for the Bobcats, which led all scorers.
The team's other scorers were Michelle Chrisman, 8; Brooke Sanders, 6; Ashley Jeannin, 7; Amber Jeannin, 2; Courtney Hooks, 2; Bren Koontz, 2.
The Bobcats controlled to control the pace of play in the second half, outscoring Ottawa 14-8 in the third quarter. The two teams each scored six points in the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock.
Basehor-Linwood vs. Holton Preview
Basehor-Linwood girls basketball players are on a collision course with Holton that will conclude with tonight's game between the two teams.
Both teams are undefeated and easily won their first round games in the Basehor-Linwood Invitational on Monday.
Holton defeated Park Hill 60-40.
Basehor-Linwood is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A and Holton is No. 5.
The significance of the game isn't lost on Basehor-Linwood coach Noah Simpson.
"It is a huge game in terms of where we are and where we want to be," Simpson said. "Holton went 22-1 last year and are a solid team. This should be a fun game to play, coach and watch."
The Bobcats key to winning will be on the defensive end of the floor.
"We have to play great defense," he said.
Basehor-Linwood will have to defend a balanced scoring attack from Holton.
In the tournament opener, Holton had three players score at least nine points.
Whitney Degenhardt led the team with 10 points. Crista Bechard and Leah Day each scored nine points. The game's tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
Boys Basketball results
If Basehor-Linwood wins it would play at 6 p.m. Saturday in the championship game.
Basehor-Linwood narrowly escaped Platte County on Tuesday, holding on for a 57-54 win and a ticket to the second round of the Bobcat Tournament. Tanner Swafford scored 20 points to lead the Bobcats, who rallied furiously from a 13-point 3rd quarter deficit.
"It was an intense game," coach Mike McBride said.
The 'Cats started out slowly, trailing 9-7 midway through the first and 16-15 at the conclusion of the quarter. Platte County also took a lead into halftime, 30-26.
"We started out a little nervous," McBride said.
McBride said the team was "flat" coming out of halftime, and BLHS was soon looking at a 41-28 deficit. McBride inserted backup point guard Mark Vaca into the game, who promptly hit a three-pointer and stole the ball at the other end, leading to a Chandler Schaake three. Another Bobcat lay-up had cut Platte County's once imposing lead to 41-36.
The Bobcats started out quickly in the fourth to take the lead. Their biggest advantage in the fourth was six points. BLHS hit their free throws down the stretch to hang on and advance.
The team will now take on Ottawa on Thursday at 7:30 in the BLHS gym. Ottawa is 9-1.
"It's going to be a tough game," McBride said. "They play physical and they have some size. They are well coached and they shoot the ball well."