Basehor girls look to regroup after loss to Lansing
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team is a work in progress five games into the season with players still trying to find their way on the court.
With just two seniors and a team stocked with sophomores and juniors, the Bobcats are learning lessons against strong competition that should help them prepare for substate.
Friday was the latest lesson.
Amy Briggs scored 23 points and led Lansing to a 56-36 victory at BLHS.
“Briggs is awesome and a great basketball player who plays hard and shoots the ball well,” coach Noah Simpson said. “Next time we play them, we need to have an answer for that.”
Lansing led 13-1 at the end of the first quarter as Briggs made three shots from 3-point range. The Bobcats didn’t have much of answer in the quarter as they committed turnovers and fouls and missed shots. They didn’t make a field goal.
The Bobcats’ first field goal occurred midway through the second quarter, when Cassy Bever drilled a 3-pointer. Freshman Jamie Johnson made a pair of baskets in the second quarter, and the score was 22-11 at intermission.
In the third quarter, Lansing continued to pull away from the Bobcats. BLHS junior forward Megan Bergstrom picked up her fourth foul in the quarter and was forced to the bench.
Lansing led 42-22 entering the fourth quarter. Basehor-Linwood outscored Lansing 14-13 in the quarter, but the Bobcats failed to cut the deficit further.
Overall, BLHS needs to improve on its rebounding, Simpson said.
“I was happy with our defense, but I was not pleased with our consistency on rebounding,” Simpson said.
Bever led the team with 11 points. Jamie Johnson and Cara McCarty each scored 8 points and Bergstrom added 5.
With the loss, Basehor-Linwood is 1-4 entering winter break.
Simpson said he is encouraging the players to stay confident in themselves and understand the type of basketball they are capable of playing. The record doesn’t mean as much because of the caliber of competition the team has played early this season.
The team has to play confident and as one unit, he said.
“We have to get comfortable with each other,” Simpson said. “The number one thing is to play as a team, and it is going to click for us. We knew that it was going to be a tough start. We have to stay focused and look ahead.”