Bobcat girls roar like Lions in victory against Turner
The mood surrounding the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team was different following Friday’s home victory against Turner than it had been the week before against Lansing.
Players were smiling. The coaches’ talk was shorter. After all, everything feels better after a win and the Bobcats had earned a blowout victory, 53-26.
The score was a reversal of last week’s 50-26 loss to Lansing.
“This is definitely a lot better,” coach Noah Simpson said.
In losing, though, the team grew stronger and benefited from playing a talented Lansing team. The Bobcats watched how the Lions played defense and emulated it.
In the two games since, the Bobcats have held opponents to 51 points combined.
Throughout the game, the Bobcats forced turnovers with either a press or zone defense. They picked off passes repeatedly.
“Defensively, our intensity was good. We got after it in the half-court and full-court defense and did a nice job,” Simpson said.
Defense helped the Bobcats change the momentum of the game in the second quarter in which Basehor-Linwood outscored Turner 16-4 en route to a 30-14 lead at halftime.
Cassy Bever started the quarter with a 3-pointer.
Jamie Johnson scored seven points in the quarter, finishing the game with 14 points. She brought a different element to the Bobcats.
“She brings a lot of energy to the floor and does a lot of good things for us,” Simpson said. “To get 14 points from her off the bench like that is huge. She has a bright future in this program.”
Courtney Poe made a field goal late in the half, extending the halftime lead to 16 points.
BLHS started the third quarter by extending its lead to 20 points with a 6-0 run. Neither team showed a great amount of continuity on offense. The score was 42-19 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood played a lot of reserves, ending the game with one freshman, three sophomores and a junior on the court.
Turner started the quarter on a 6-0 run, but it was ended by a Cara McCarty field goal. Basehor-Linwood closed out the quarter with an 11-1 run on a night when the team controlled all facets of the game.
Courtney Poe joined Johnson in double figures with 12 points. Megan Bergstrom and Cara McCarty each scored six points.
Cassy Bever and Maggie Hattock scored four points each, Amanda O’Bryan scored three points and Taylor Johnson scored two points. Hannah Tush scored one point.
Basehor-Linwood (11-7 overall, 8-3 Kaw Valley League) plays host to Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday.