Sophomore leads improved Bravettes in loss to Basehor
The odds were stacked against the Bonner Springs girls most everywhere you looked on Friday night.
It was senior night at Basehor-Linwood, the gym was packed, and the Bobcats — winners of three in a row and six of their last seven — had already beaten BSHS by 17 points earlier in the season.
Despite all of that, the Bravettes put a scare into Basehor before finally falling, 51-46.
The game started off a little sluggish and the Bobcats struggled shooting early before making a layup and a 3-pointer to take an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bravettes turned the ball over only twice, but had their own trouble putting the ball in the hoop.
A flurry of aggressive rebounding and staunch defense allowed Basehor to build some breathing room early in the second quarter. The Bobcats scored on a fourth chance, stole a pass, made a layup and swished a 3-pointer during a short stretch to take a 15-8 lead.
Sophomore guard Erica Smith, who had hit one trey in the first quarter, called for the ball in the corner and nailed another 3-pointer to cut the score to 18-15. Basehor closed the half with a pair of buckets and led 22-15.
In the third quarter, Smith nailed two more treys and helped her team to a 7-0 run. The Bravettes trailed just 32-27 entering the fourth quarter.
In the final period, Smith continued to will her team to get back in the game. She nailed a 3-pointer and got a nice pass from freshman point guard Yessenia Hernandez for a layup that made the score 37-35.
“We had a good run going with all of the momentum when we got it (the deficit) down to two points,” BSHS coach Clay Oakes said. “On the next possession, we had a costly turnover that allowed them (Basehor) to go on a run of their own to bump the lead back up to eight. I felt if we could have tied it up they might have really started to feel the pressure and keep them on their heels.”
The Bobcats nailed two shots down the stretch to take control of the game and capitalized on their free throw opportunities late in the game making 10 of 14. Another key factor for Basehor nailing the door shut on BSHS was its ability to keep the ball out of Smith’s hands in the final two minutes.
Oakes said that Basehor did not change up its defense, but said his team rushed some shots instead of looking to get the ball into Smith’s hot hand.
Smith banked a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it turned out to be too little too late.
Smith finished with a game-high 20 points. Lynsey Ostman and Erica Wilson each added 5 points in the loss.
Megan Bergstrom led Basehor with 17 points, Bren Koontz scored 12 and Cassy Bever added 10.