Lions beat Bobcats in KVL showdown
While three games remain in the regular season, the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team’s focus has turned to the postseason after a loss to Lansing on Friday.
The loss was a season-changer.
Basehor-Linwood was trying to repeat as Kaw Valley League champions by putting together an impressive string of wins that included those over Tonganoxie, Mill Valley and Piper. The hot streak against the league’s top teams ended against Lansing.
LHS won the game, 52-39, and the Bobcats dropped back down in the standings. The KVL race is essentially a two-team race between Lansing and Mill Valley, while Piper still has an outside shot of grabbing a share of the title.
“It puts us in back in the league,” coach Noah Simpson said. “It looks like Lansing and Mill Valley for the league; that is not too far off (what) we talked about three months ago. Those are two pretty good teams. Our league is tough.”
In order for Basehor-Linwood to win a league title, the Bobcats must win out and then get some help from other teams.
Yet, that objective isn’t tops on the Bobcats’ to-do list. Rather, the team is focused on improving for sub-state as three games remain on the regular-season schedule.
If BLHS wins the rest of its games, it likely would be the No. 2 seed in the sub-state tournament that will take place March 2 through March 7 at Perry-Lecompton.
Regardless of sub-state seed, the Bobcats will try to learn from the Lansing game and then forget it.
Lansing won the game with a balanced scoring attack.
Amy Briggs led the Lions with 16 points and Brittney Lang finished with 12 points.
“Briggs and Lang are some of the best guards that we will see,” Simpson said. “They will go a long way this season. They play hard.”
In addition, Alexis Ellis scored eight points for the Lions.
The Lions hit some big shots early in the first quarter and led 11-5 at the end of it. That 6-point differential was maintained most of the game. Throughout the game, the Lions were a step ahead on offense with guards dribbling into the center of the Bobcats’ defense and then successfully dishing off for layups.
Lansing continued to control the pace of play in the second quarter, forcing turnovers and capitalizing on second chance shots. The Lions led 26-19 at halftime and controlled the pace of the game during the second half as well.
The Lions led 34-23 early in the third quarter and closed out the quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 41-28 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Basehor-Linwood forward Megan Bergstrom scored 11 fourth-quarter points, but it wasn’t enough to rally the team past Lansing. She finished the game with 15 points.
The team’s other scorers in the game were Bren Koontz, 13; Kara Douglas, 9; Courtney Poe, 2.
The Bobcats bounced back from the loss with a 52-36 victory Tuesday against Santa Fe Trail. Koontz sank seven 3-pointers in the victory and finished with 28 points.
BLHS plays host to Turner on Friday.