Basehor girls stay unbeaten
Basehor-Linwood won a free-throw shooting contest on Tuesday night against Bishop Ward.
The Bobcats made 19 of 35 foul shots to defeat Bishop Ward 37-33. Bishop Ward made 11 of 20 shots from the stripe.
“It was just a hard-fought, physical game,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said. “Last year when we played Ward, it was the same way. We need to do a better job of hitting free throws. If we shoot better from the foul line, then this game is more in our control.”
Basehor-Linwood’s Amber Jeannin made a foul shot with less than 30 seconds to play to give her team 37-33 lead. Bishop Ward missed a 3-pointer as the clock ran out.
Basehor-Linwood had escaped the Kansas City Kansas Community College gymnasium — where Bishop Ward plays its home games —with a victory.
“It doesn’t have to be pretty to get the win sometimes; sometimes things don’t go as you want to, and still get the W,” Simpson said.
Yes, the Bobcats are still perfect at 6-0 entering Friday’s game at Bonner Springs.
The game was physical, forcing the officials to make a lot of calls. As a result, when a referee calls a lot of fouls in a basketball game, fans on both teams can do anything but clamor them on every close play.
While a lot of fouls were called, Simpson said he thought the game was officiated properly.
“I thought officials did a good job, they called the game as it was played. It was a rough game,” he said.
Bren Koontz led all scorers with 16 points. She helped BLHS dictate the pace of play throughout the game.
“She did a good job of knowing when to go to the hole and when to back it out. She did a good job as the game progressed of hitting free throws,” Simpson said.
Courtney Hooks added 8 points for BLHS.
The game had a slow start with four turnovers in the first minute of play.
Neither offense did much in the first quarter as eight fouls were called in eight minutes. While the team’s offense didn’t necessarily flow all that well, Basehor-Linwood led 8-2 at the end of the quarter.
The Cyclones did not hit a field goal in the quarter, settling for two free throws. Bishop Ward’s first field goal of the game occurred with 5:58 left in the second quarter. The basket cut the Bobcats’ lead to 10-4.
Koontz made a pair of foul shots on the team’s next possession to extend the lead to 12-4.
The teams traded field goals and foul shots the rest of the quarter, and the score was 18-12 at halftime.
Bishop Ward relied on the 3-pointer to remain in the game. The Cyclones made six in the game, including four from Liddy Maurin who finished with 13 points to lead the team.
Maurin drilled a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 35-33.
Basehor-Linwood drew a foul on its next possession and Megan Bergstrom made one of two foul shots.
Neither team scored until Jeannin’s foul shot later in the fourth quarter.
BASEHOR 48, TURNER 8
Basehor-Linwood dominated Turner on Friday in the form of a 48-8 victory, controlling all facets of the game.
The Bobcats outscored the Bears 19-0 in the second quarter and led 28-3 at halftime. The rout continued in the second half as Basehor-Linwood rolled to victory.
Megan Bergstrom led the team with 16 points. Macyn Sanders scored 10 points.
The two players led Basehor-Linwood on a night when the Bobcats struggled shooting the ball.
“I thought we played hard. We had one of the worst shooting nights that we have had and hopefully will have this season,” coach Noah Simpson said. “To say that and score 48 points is a good sign.”
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