Hayden holds off Basehor-Linwood in marquee matchup
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday at Topeka Hayden.
The Bobcats never led in the game and fell, 34-29.
It was one of three marquee non-league matchups on Basehor-Linwood’s schedule. The first came in the season-opener at St. Teresa’s (Mo.) Academy, and the next comes Tuesday, Jan. 4, when the Bobcats play host to substate nemesis Sumner Academy.
The game could be a preview of a state tournament matchup in March. Both teams are ranked in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s poll.
BLHS coach Noah Simpson said the loss was a good teaching tool for his team.
“We did some good things, but we have a few areas that got exposed and that we can work on,” he said. “On the road, against a school with a very proud tradition in all sports, it is a great opportunity to see where you are at.”
The game was close throughout, but Basehor-Linwood never was able to gain control against an aggressive Hayden squad. The Wildcats led 10-7 after the first quarter and 19-11 at intermission.
“Playing in the first half, we were never in a spot to do what we wanted to do,” Simpson said. “We were behind the whole time and had no rhythm on offense.”
Basehor-Linwood surged back into contention with a strong third-quarter effort. The Bobcats outscored the Wildcats 9-2 during that quarter and trailed just 21-20 entering the fourth quarter, but Hayden put the game away at the free throw line during the final minutes.
Nicole Federico paced Hayden with 10 points and Sarah Pimentel added 8 as the Wildcats improved to 2-1.
Basehor-Linwood, ranked second in the state in Class 4A, received a team-high 8 points from Macyn Sanders, 6 from Megan Bergstrom and 5 from Courtney Poe.
Basehor-Linwood enters winter break with a 3-1 record.