Basehor-Linwood starts fast, polishes off Santa Fe Trail
The Basehor-Linwood girls pitched a 9-0 shutout in the first quarter of Tuesday’s Kaw Valley League basketball game at Santa Fe Trail and went on to win, 34-25.
The Bobcats made a couple early 3-pointers, and the scoring output was the difference in the game. BLHS led by double digits at times and never was in trouble, coach Noah Simpson said.
The game was the team’s longest road trip of the season, and Simpson said the players did a nice job of taking care of business on the road.
“Defensively, we played great. We held them to 25 points, and eight of those came off of foul shots,” Simpson said. “Our kids competed, had fun and got a hard-fought win.”
Foul trouble was an issue for the Bobcats throughout the game.
Cassy Bever, Courtney Poe and Megan Bergstrom each had three fouls called on them in the first half and were forced to the bench. At times, the Bobcats had one freshman and two sophomores on the floor.
In spite of the foul trouble, the Bobcats led 17-9 at halftime.
The team led 28-20 at the end of the third quarter and never was threatened down the stretch.
“We talked after the game that as we get closer to the postseason, it is more of a survive-and-advance mode to keep playing than anything else,” Simpson said. “Sometimes you just do what you have to do to get a ‘W’ and move on.”
On offense, Bergstrom and Bever each scored 11 points. Poe added six.
“I thought we did a good job on offense and ran our stuff well,” Simpson said.
Basehor-Linwood (10-7 overall, 7-3 KVL) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Turner (2-16, 0-11).
The Bobcats are in second place in the KVL standings. Lansing (15-2, 10-0) is in first place.