BLHS girls win, advance to fifth-place game at Aquinas
Basehor-Linwood earned its first victory of the season Friday with a 47-40 victory over Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias in the consolation semifinals of the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints Classic.
“It was just a night and day difference between last night and tonight,” coach Noah Simpson said. “We played hard for 32 minutes and never gave up, which was good.”
The Bobcats lost to St. Thomas Aquinas in the opening-round game 62-20, and Simpson said he was pleased with his team’s ability to pick up a win in the second round.
“This tournament is a great opportunity to be tested this week and see where we are at and how we do,” Simpson said. “It was a great thing for us to bounce back and get a win tonight. There are lessons learned of how we respond when we get knocked down. It showed a lot about the kids to not give in. Instead, they came out and got after it.”
The Bobcats led 19-17 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood outscored Jefferson-Helias 17-9 as Megan Bergstrom hit two 3-pointers in the quarter and Cassy Bever chipped in a trey.
“The third quarter was a great quarter for us,” Simpson said. “We got back to what Basehor basketball has done the last two years; pushing the ball up the court, knocking down shots and playing good defense. It was a lot of fun to watch”
Jefferson-Helias outscored Basehor-Linwood 14-11 in the fourth quarter, and the Bobcats were able to close out the game.
Bergstrom led the Bobcats with 15 points. In addition, Bever and Cara McCarty finished with 9 points each. Courtney Poe scored 8 points and Taylor Johnson scored 6 points.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood advances to play in the fifth-place game at 1:45 p.m. Saturday against Sumner Academy. The game could be a substate preview for the Bobcats as the two teams are in the same substate that will be played at BLHS next year.
In addition, BLHS travels to Mill Valley on Monday.
“It doesn't get easier,” Simpson said. “We wanted to face this competition to test ourselves, push ourselves. If we keep coming out and fighting hard, then we can definitely be successful.”