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Trinity Academy looks like formidable first-round foe for BLHS

March 12, 2009

Unknowns abound about the 2009 Class 4A boys basketball state tournament.

All the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats know for sure is their opponent and that tip time was set for 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Basehor-Linwood played Wichita Trinity Academy in the opening round of the state tournament.

Results were unavailable at press time because of the late start, but the tournament may be tracked online at basehorinfo.com.

Trinity Academy entered with a 22-1 record and the No. 3 seed. Basehor-Linwood, 19-4, entered as the No. 6 seed.

Records can be difficult to decipher because of who teams play. It is difficult to determine how tough a schedule a team has played when you haven’t seen them all year.

“What is fun about state is you have no idea about the other teams,” BLHS coach Mike McBride said. “You can see teams on tape, but can’t tell how fast or tall or anything like that. Regardless of seed, we are happy with where we are at. At state, everyone is good so it doesn’t really matter.”

Here is a brief scouting report on Trinity Academy. Trinity Academy is a College Preparatory High School in Wichita and has an enrollment of 311 students. The school opened in 1992 and offers a faith-based, college-preparatory education to students.

Trinity Academy won the sub-state tournament played at Wellington High School. In the first round, Trinity Academy defeated Mulvane, 79-56.

In the semifinal game, Trinity Academy defeated Wellington 65-58 to advance to the title game. In the championship game, Trinity Academy defeated Rose Hill, 67-46.

Trinity Academy plays in the Central Plains League, a league that also includes Medicine Lodge, Douglass, Cheney, Garden Plain, Anthony-Harper-Chaparral, Conway Springs, Bluestem, Wichita Independent and Belle Plaine.

This season, Trinity Academy’s only loss was to Wichita Collegiate, 59-56 in triple overtime of the Bluestem Classic.

Trinity Academy also has state experience, winning the Class 3A state championship in 2008 before moving up to Class 4A this season.

McBride has watched some film on Trinity. He said they like to play an up-tempo, fast style of basketball and are guard oriented.

“They all handle the ball well,” he said.

While he can watch tape, it can be difficult to tell exactly what a team is about without watching them in person. McBride is just as focused on what his team needs to do well in order to win.

“We have to stay disciplined,” he said. “We can negate a lot of teams that run and gun with discipline. We have to figure out the tempo they want to play at, and put in players that will match up well with them.”

BLHS plays nine deep and can play fast or slow, with guards highlighting on offense. The Bobcats also can turn the ball inside to post players capable of scoring.

“If we are disciplined on offense, run our offense, make them play defense, then I think we have got a good shot at winning,” McBride said.

If Basehor-Linwood wins the tournament opener, it would play the winner of No. 2 Heston (22-1) and No. 7 Ottawa (17-6) at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

The hallways at BLHS are filled with chatter about the game. The school is taking pep busses to the tournament. Classes will start late on Thursday.

“They are very upbeat,” McBride said. “I think we have always had a highly spirited school.”

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