Koontz caps big week with record-setting performance
Bren Koontz might just be having the best week ever for a Basehor-Linwood girls basketball player— at least scoring wise.
Two days after tying coach Noah Simpson’s mark for most 3-pointers in a game with seven, Koontz broke the single-game mark for points in a game against Turner on Friday, scoring 35 points in a 65-17 victory.
Koontz drilled a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play in the game, capping her performance and breaking the old mark of 34 points to finish the game with 35.
Shortly after the basket, Bobcats coach Noah Simpson called a timeout and subbed in for Koontz, who drew an ovation from the crowd.
The scene was a fitting end to a night that belonged to Koontz.
She scored 20 points in the first half, including 10 points in the first quarter that propelled the Bobcats to a 23-2 run. Cassie Bever scored 7 points in the quarter.
Koontz followed with 10 more points in the second quarter as Basehor-Linwood outscored Turner 14-4 and led 37-6 at halftime.
At intermission, Simpson and the Bobcats decided to try to help Koontz break the record. Surely she could score 15 points in the second half after her first half domination.
“We talked about the importance of sometimes sacrificing for your teammates to give them an opportunity to break a record,” he said. “In those instances you do what you can to help someone get the record. We would have done that for any player.”
With a 30-point lead, the team dedicated a lot of time toward getting the ball into Koontz’s hands for shots.
She scored 8 points in the third quarter and helped the Bobcats lead 54-15 entering the fourth quarter. Koontz continued to chase the record throughout the fourth quarter, but she didn’t know how close she was to it.
Simpson kept calling on her to shoot in the fourth quarter, and later in a timeout told her how close she was to the record.
When play resumed, the Bobcats got her the basketball and she scored.
“Yeah, it is kind of surreal right now,” she said. “I didn’t even know how close I was until the last timeout when they told me what they were trying to do. I could not have done all of this without my teammates. They were really unselfish in their play to help me get the record.”
The record was part of a dominating night for the Bobcats. In addition to Koontz’s performance, Megan Bergstrom scored 12 points and Amber Jeannin scored 8 points and Bever had 7. Macyn Sanders scored four points and Courtney Hooks scored 1.
On defense, Basehor-Linwood ran a press most of the basketball game and continued pressure for four quarters.
“We were trying to get ready for sub-state and get our conditioning up by playing a full-court press,” Simpson said. “We will have to play a lot of pressure defense when we get to sub-state and need to be conditioned for that.”
The Bobcats will play Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday and conclude the regular season against Bonner Springs on Friday.