BLMS basketball squads off to fast start
Basketball season is under way at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, and the BLMS seventh- and eighth-grade teams are off to strong starts.
Both grades’ A teams began the season playing in the home tournament.
The seventh-graders opened the season with a pair of victories Oct. 27 and 29, at the BLMS Classic. First they stomped Patton, 41-3, behind a balanced scoring attack that included 10-point efforts from Victoria Smith and Courtney Payne, as well as 8 points from Alex Gorman.
They met Pioneer Ridge in the finals and won a nail-biter, 24-23. Smith again paced the Bobcats with a 10-point outing, but five other players also got on the board, including Candice Jennings with 5 and Katie Lackner with 4.
The eighth-grade girls made it to the finals of the home tournament as well, but finished with a 1-1 record. The Bobcats defeated Patton, 37-23, in the opener as Jamie Johnson rained in 15 points and Samantha Rutherford chipped in eight. Pioneer Ridge proved to be a formidable foe in the finals, however, as it beat BLMS, 30-14. Johnson led the Bobcats with 5 points and Kara Stephens had 4.
Both the A and B teams began regular-season play on Tuesday, Nov. 4, against Lexington Trails.
The seventh-grade A team improved to 3-0 for the season as it rolled to a 36-9 victory. Payne led the Bobcats with 10 points, Smith had 8, and Jennings, Kayleigh Schoenfelder and Lackner scored 4 points apiece.
The B team suffered a narrow loss in its game, falling by a 15-12 score. Taylor Sherley scored a team-high 6 points.
The eighth-grade A team cruised past Lexington Trails, 31-15, behind 11-point performances by Johnson and Desiree Ridder.
The eighth-grade B team fell to Lexington Trails, 18-6. Rachel Cook, Alyssa Stubbs and Sarah Scott each scored baskets for BLMS.
Two days after battling Lexington Trails, BLMS squared off with Lansing. For the seventh-graders, the day ended with a two-game sweep. In the eighth-grade division, however, it was the Lions who came out on top.
The seventh-grade A team improved to 4-0 with its 33-17 victory as Amber Garver poured in 10 points and Smith scored nine.
For the B team, Hailey Robinson scored 11 points, leading her team to a 25-7 win. Ally Laney added 6 points in the victory.
Lansing won a hard-fought eighth-grade A matchup, 27-23, despite a 9-point performance from Basehor’s Mallorie Belk. In the B game, LMS prevailed, 25-18. Johnson led the Bobcats with 7 points.