Koontz, Bergstrom are top ‘Cats
In what initially was believed to be a rebuilding year, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team proved the 2008-09 season would be nothing more than a continuation of the program’s typically lofty goals.
BLHS rolled to a 17-6 record, second-place finish in the Kaw Valley League and a runner-up finish in the Class 4A sub-state tournament.
Such accomplishments don’t happen without plenty of talent and a balanced attack, and the Bobcats had both.
In fact, two BLHS players were recognized as being among the best in the Kaw Valley League. Senior guard Bren Koontz and sophomore forward Megan Bergstrom both garnered All-KVL first team honors for their play this season. The postseason awards were voted on by league coaches.
Koontz was a senior leader for the Bobcats. She tied the school record for most three-pointers in a game with seven, and also set the single-game scoring record when she poured in 35 points against Turner.
“The last third of the season she just played with the mindset of ‘do everything you can to help the team win, and do everything you can to make sure your season doesn’t end early,’” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said of Koontz. “She just really got after it. Game after game she was in the 20s, she had a 35-point game and she had 28 in the game where she hit seven three-pointers. She just became unstoppable.”
She was capable of taking games over with her scoring ability and was a top guard for the Bobcats.
As much as she provided in terms of point production, she did much more than that. In addition to her 14.5 points per game average, she also had 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game while also filling a major leadership role.
Meanwhile, Bergstrom filled a gaping hole in the paint that was left with the graduation of 6-foot-3 forward Cassie Lombardino who now plays at Washburn University.
The 5-foot-11 Bergstrom filled the void admirably. She scored 10.7 points per game and made 40 percent of her field goals while also averaging 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.
“The scoring is always something we can count on with Megan. To average 10.7 as a sophomore is good, and in the next few years we’ll see her up in the teens. She’s just that kind of player,” Simpson said. “The rebounds is what I was very happy with, the fact that she averaged over eight rebounds as a sophomore, and to be 5-11, is a big deal. She had a great sophomore season, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does this summer, how she progresses and how she comes in next year.”
The other players selected to the first team were: J.C. Carroll, Piper; Kylie Burns, Bishop Ward; Brittney Lang, Lansing; Alexis Ellis, Lansing; Amy Briggs, Lansing; Becky Newhouse, Mill Valley; Emily Altman, Mill Valley; Michelle Selbe, Piper; Chrissie Jeannin, Tonganoxie; and Roni Grizzle, Tonganoxie. Honorable mention selections were: Lynsey Ostman, Bonner Springs; Katie Volle, Perry-Lecompton; Shara Luther, Santa Fe Trail; Amanda Bixel, Santa Fe Trail; Nicole Garretson, Mill Valley; and Whitney Hartman, Mill Valley.