BLHS ends season vs. Ward
Eudora Basehor-Linwood coaches and players gathered near the court on Saturday inside the Eudora High School gymnasium following a first-round loss to Bishop Ward High School.
The season was over. Bishop Ward had defeated Basehor-Linwood 25-20, 25-16 in the first round of the Class 4A sub-state tournament.
Coach Tammy Zydlo talked to the team as she had after the previous 34 matches this season. She was still teaching, demonstrating a proper hitting technique and discussing the match in general terms.
The Bobcats had lost in two games, and the match’s momentum and outcome hinged on the first game.
“I felt like if we had got the first game then we could have gotten on a roll, but that didn’t happen,” Zydlo said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Bishop Ward, they played a good game.”
Both teams completed mini runs and jockeyed for position and points throughout the opening game. Basehor-Linwood led 4-1 early in the game, but Bishop Ward scored two points to make it a 4-3 game.
With the score 10-10, Bishop Ward scored three consecutive points to take a 13-10 lead in the match. Zydlo called a timeout and her team responded. The Bobcats outscored the Cyclones 7-3, leading17-16 at one point in the match. Then Bishop Ward scored three consecutive points and led 19-17.
Basehor-Linwood responded with back-to-back kills including one by Cassie Bever who had four in the game.
Each point was heavily contested late in the game, but the Cyclones were able to outscore the Bobcats 6-2 to win the game.
The last point was somewhat contentious as Basehor-Linwood players and coaches thought that four hits had occurred.
In spite of losing the first game, Basehor-Linwood came out fighting in game two and built an 8-5 lead.
Courtney Hooks and Kara Douglas had each recorded aces. From that point in the game Bishop Ward outscored the Bobcats 8-1 to take a 13-9 lead. The run changed the momentum of the game and Zydlo called timeout to try and stop the run.
It didn’t work. Out of the timeout, Bishop Ward scored four more points and led 17-9.
Basehor-Linwood rallied with four points in a row, including two kills from Courtney Hooks, but couldn’t go any further. The Cyclones scored five consecutive points to take control of the game and go on to win the match. The two teams traded points and the Cyclones went on to win the match.
While the Bobcats failed to win a match in sub-state, Zydlo said her team performed well in the final tournament of the year.
“I thought we played well, and I am proud of the girls,” she said. “I am happy with how we played, but I wish the outcome was a little different.”
Basehor ends its season with a 17-18 record. Ward moved on to defeat Piper and Eudora and advance to the Class 4A state tournament on Friday and Saturday in Salina.