BLHS girls take down Perry
Cassy Bever scored 10 points and Megan Bergstrom chipped in 9 points to lead Basehor-Linwood to a 36-26 victory at Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday.
BLHS led throughout the basketball game, but didn’t play as well as coach Noah Simpson would have liked.
“It was just an overall slow game. We never found a rhythm or got into a groove,” he said. “I am proud of our girls. Some games you go out and are ugly, (and) you are just happy to get a W. In the end we did what we had to do to get a win. I am happy for that.”
Basehor-Linwood led by 13 points in the fourth quarter, before Perry-Lecompton briefly cut the deficit.
“I felt like we would win the game the entire time, but we were slow to get anything going,” Simpson said. “Give Perry-Lecompton credit, their kids play hard, they are very well coached and kids don’t give up. They showed that tonight.”
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improved to 14-5 on the season. The team plays host to Bonner Springs on Friday night, which is senior night and the regular-season finale.
The BLHS coaches spoke at the beginning of the season about winning 14 or 15 games and said that would be a good regular season. The team is happy with its current record entering the Class 4A sub-state tournament.
“We are healthy again with a nine-player rotation,” Simpson said. “We look forward to next week and getting after it, hopefully making a run at the state tournament again.”
The team needs to be prepared to play each game next week like the season will end with a loss.
“Our biggest thing is we have to be focused on Tuesday. We have to come to the understanding that next week you lose one game and it is over,” Simpson said. “That reality is hard until you get there. Now, if we lose a game, (we still) play the next one. Starting Tuesday, lose and the season is over. You have to be focused.”
The Bobcats also have other objectives to accomplish during the tournament.
“We have to take care of the ball, handle pressure and continue our defense,” Simpson said. “It is going to come down to our defense and how well we defend the teams we play.”