Aquinas routs BLHS girls
The night didn't go as well as the coaches or players would have liked, but the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team gained invaluable experience in defeat, coach Noah Simpson said.
St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Basehor-Linwood 62-20 Thursday in the opening round of the Saints Classic as one of the metropolitan area's best players dominated the game. Deshaun Hardin scored 15 points and forced turnovers throughout the game.
"She disrupted a lot of what we wanted to do," Simpson said. "She is very difficult to guard. She is flat out more athletic than anyone else on the court. It is hard to defend. She is a very athletic individual."
Hardin, a junior, has verbally committed to Kansas University.
Megan Bergrtrom led the Bobcats with 9 points, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
"We have to do a better job of recognizing her when she is open," Simpson said.
Basehor-Linwood played zone defense for 29 minutes and struggled to rebound out of the zone. The Bobcats struggled with some fundamental things, and there is a lot the team can learn from playing a top-tier team like Aquinas, Simpson said.
"We talked after the game about using this opportunity to learn and use it as a life lesson," he said. "I thought we had a great attitude and great spirit. The outcome is not where we wanted it to be, but we have to put it in perspective. We have to go out tomorrow and correct little things we did not do so well tonight and see what we can do."
Basehor-Linwood (0-1) plays Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias at 4:45 today who lost to Lawrence by nine points in another first-round game.