THS outduels Basehor in volleyball
Trailing 3-0 in the third game of Tuesday’s dual match at Tonganoxie High School, coach Tammy Zydlo called timeout.
She wanted to stem the tide and change the momentum of the game as Basehor-Linwood had lost the first two games.
The idea didn’t work.
Out of the timeout, Tonganoxie dominated play and built a 14-3 lead midway through the match. Tonganoxie went on to win 25-6 and sweep the scheduled five-game match in three games.
Tonganoxie honored its seniors before the match and had a larger than normal crowd in attendance. THS won the first game 25-21. Midway through the game Tonganoxie led 19-16. Later, Basehor-Linwood cut the score to 21-20 before Tonganoxie pulled away for the win.
“We started off the match with momentum and weren’t able to sustain it,” Zydlo said.
The second game was tied 7-7 when Tonganoxie pulled away for the win in front of a rowdy senior-night crowd.
“I am disappointed in the outcome and I feel like we should have played better and been more competitive,” Zydlo said. “I am looking at the stats and can’t say we had much of an offense going. We really couldn’t. Our passing wasn’t as crisp as it normally is. Looking at the stats, you could tell that we didn’t have much of an offense going.”
Again, Basehor-Linwood struggled without the services of Kara Douglas who missed the match with a leg injury. In her absence, Basehor-Linwood struggled to record kills and get into a flow.
The Bobcats also need to play with more focus and intensity, Zydlo said.
She is planning to make changes before the team takes the court tonight in a pair of matches at Maranatha Academy. BLHS also competes on Saturday in the De Soto Invitational Tournament.
“I think what we need to do is look for a different lineup and try to get back the chemistry we had at the beginning of the year,” Zydlo said. “We are running out of time.”
Basehor-Linwood will have a difficult bracket on Saturday in the De Soto Invitational. The Bobcats will play St. James Academy, Baldwin, Eudora and Tonganoxie during pool play.
The De Soto tournament is the team’s final regular season tournament. Basehor-Linwood will play in the Kaw Valley League tournament on Oct. 25 and the Class 4A substate tournament on Nov. 2 at Eudora High School.
The Bobcats will play in a substate that includes Atchison, De Soto, Eudora, Piper, Sumner Academy, Bishop Ward and Tonganoxie.