McCarty’s late basket lifts BLHS girls to 8th win in 10 games
Victory keeps Bobcats in second place in Kaw Valley League
Basehor-Linwood girls basketball players made plays when it counted on Tuesday, fending off a pesky Piper basketball team for a 44-42 victory at home.
Megan Bergstrom caught her own rebound and dished the ball to an open Cara McCarty who was standing near the basket.
McCarty caught the ball and knocked down a shot, giving her team a 44-42 lead late in the fourth quarter.
“That was a huge rebound and pass,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said. “That is nothing more than heart, desire and wanting to continue to play.”
The basket was the difference in the game.
Piper had chances to score on its next possessions, but failed to convert them. Late in the game, the Pirates missed a pair of foul shots that would have tied the game and forced overtime.
Basehor-Linwood took possession of the second rebound and clinched the game to successfully rally after trailing most of the game.
”It is good for us to battle back like that and get a win,” Simpson said.
The win was anything but easy.
The first half did not go as projected for Simpson and the Bobcats. Basehor-Linwood’s offense struggled with missed shots. Only Cassy Bever scored a point for the Bobcats, and Piper led 10-8 at the end of the quarter. The Pirates outscored them 13-10 in the second quarter, and the score was 23-18 at halftime.
“Piper played harder than we did in the first half,” Simpson said.
He challenged his players to play harder and run more sets designed to get the ball into Bergstrom.
Players responded and found ways to win the basketball game.
“They kept playing and showed a lot of maturity in being able to come back,” he said. “When they got down six or eight points they did a good job of settling down and getting the lead down.”
Piper led by eight points during the third period and 36-32 at the end of it.
Basehor-Linwood coaches stressed to their players the importance of playing composed basketball, one possession at a time and simply tying the game.
On offense, they focused their attention on getting the ball inside to Bergstrom who was guarded by just one player most of the game. Typically, she is double-teamed underneath by opponents, and she said it was a nice change.
Bergstrom responded by scoring 13 points in the second half and finishing with 17 on the night.
Basehor-Linwood tied the game at 38-38 in the fourth quarter with a Bergstrom field goal. On the team’s next possession, Bever made a field goal to give the team a two-point lead.
After a foul, Piper made one of two free throws, and McCarty made another field goal to pad the lead with 2:01 to play in the game. Piper tied the game with a 3-pointer, and Bergstrom made another field goal later in the quarter to give the team a two-point lead before Piper tied the game again and set up McCarty’s game-winner.
Basehor-Linwood (9-6 overall, 6-2 in the Kaw Valley League) now has won eight of its last 10 games. The Bobcats next play at 6 p.m. Friday at Lansing and then travel Tuesday to Santa Fe Trail. Lansing is in first place in the league standings with an 8-0 record.