Johnson sparks Basehor girls to 53-22 demolition of Pirates
Basehor-Linwood’s Jamie Johnson did a little bit of everything in the first half of the Bobcats’ 53-22 girls basketball victory Tuesday at home against Piper.
She got free against the Piper defense on numerous occasions and drilled open shots. She made one 3-pointer and also had a high overall field goal percentage. She scored 8 points in the first quarter and 14 in the first half.
In a first half where Basehor-Linwood collectively showed signs of not playing for a week, Johnson carried the team to a 23-15 halftime lead.
“It was a great performance. She did a great job of stepping in and energizing our team,” coach Noah Simpson said. “She really helped us in the first half.”
In the second half, Basehor-Linwood stepped up its intensity on defense. The Bobcats opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run. The team forced turnovers and limited Piper’s second-chance attempts during the run. Courtney Poe and Shelby Equels made 3-pointers during the three-minute run that helped Basehor-Linwood.
Piper called a timeout in an attempt to slow the Bobcats’ momentum, but it was no use.
The Bobcats kept the run going out of the timeout, building a 33-18 lead by the end of the third quarter.
“We got after it a little bit more in the second half,” Simpson said. “I am pleased with their effort. I thought our intensity was great in the second half.”
BLHS was so aggressive defensively that it held Piper to just 7 points in the second half.
“Anytime you can hold an opponent to 22 points is huge. I am proud of our team,” Simpson said. “We covered shots well and always had a hand in their face when they were shooting.”
Basehor-Linwood featured a balanced scoring attack. Johnson scored a game-high 16 points and Megan Bergstrom added 13. The Bobcats did a nice job of working the ball to different players on offense.
“We were balanced. We know Megan is a dominant post player, but players are realizing that it takes an entire team to score,” Simpson said. “We did a nice job of getting buckets in transition and got a lot of different people involved.”
Equels finished with 8 points, Poe had 5 and Victoria Smith scored 4.
Basehor-Linwood (3-0 overall, 2-0 Kaw Valley League) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Topeka Hayden. The game will pair two of the top five teams in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s poll. BLHS is ranked third and Hayden is fifth.
“You can’t ask for more from a preseason game,” Simpson said. “It is a good chance to compete and should be a great atmosphere.”