BLHS girls, boys win first-round games
The Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball team rallied to defeat Park Hill on Monday night in the opening round of the Bobcat Classic basketball tournament.
After trailing 12-5 at the end of the first quarter, Basehor-Linwood rebounded to defeat Park Hill, 45-37.
Coach Noah Simpson said it was a matter of making adjustments. Park Hill played a faster speed of basketball than the Bobcats had experienced this season, pushing the basketball and playing at a faster pace.
“I thought it was a great test,” Simpson said. “Park Hill came out and played hard, we answered the challenge, showed the guts (our) team has. (We’re) not going to back down from anybody. I am excited to see how this plays out for the rest of the season.”
Once the Bobcats adjusted to the tempo, they were able to eliminate the deficit and led 22-19 at halftime.
Basehor-Linwood led by 12 points a couple of times in the second half, but each time Park Hill was able to cut the lead. With two minutes left in the game, Basehor-Linwood led by 6 points. The Bobcats hit foul shots and made clutch baskets down the stretch to seal the game.
Courtney Hooks led Basehor with 15 points. Megan Bergstrom scored 10 points.
“The kids played hard,” Simpson said. “It was a great game for us to be in.”
With the win, Basehor-Linwood, 8-0, advances to play the winner of either Holton or St. Theresa’s High School at 6 p.m. today.
“I am excited to be in this tournament,” Simpson said. “It is a tournament that gives you three high-powered games. It is not an easy draw and any team win.”
Boys squeak by Platte County
Ryan Murphy scored nine of Basehor-Linwood’s last 10 points in a 67-61 victory over Platte County on Tuesday in the Bobcat Classic.
In a game where players on both teams hit critical shots, often matching the other, Murphy delivered the deciding run.
He made three consecutive field goals to give the Bobcats a 64-58 lead. But Platte County’s pulled to within 64-61 game on a traditional three-point play before Basehor sealed the game.
After the game, Ryan was unassuming about the role he had played in the victory. The guards had done a nice job of penetrating the lane and passing the ball to him underneath.
He simply did his job by finishing the easy looks at the basket.
“That is pretty much it,” he said.
He credited upperclassmen like Justin Gripka, Chandler Schaake and Tanner Bowers for their play in the game.
Ryan finished the game with 19 points to lead all Basehor-Linwood players. His brother, Colin Murphy scored eight as did Richie O’Donnell.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood advances to the second round to play St. James Academy. St. James Academy defeated Basehor-Linwood in the finals of the Central Heights boys basketball tournament earlier this season.