Murphy sets record, BLHS earns top seed
Colin Murphy is the new long-range king at Basehor-Linwood. He poured in eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 32 points as the Bobcats blew out Perry-Lecompton, 68-41, Tuesday night at BLHS.
Basehor girls basketball coach Noah Simpson had the old record of seven.
After scoring just two points in the first quarter and missing a pair of long-range tries, Murphy buried four 3-pointers in the second quarter and scored 18 points as BLHS erupted to a 42-24 halftime lead.
Murphy then nailed four more treys in the third quarter. As the fourth one splashed through the net, Perry coach Jeff Dickson looked down at the Basehor bench with a grin on his face and joked, “All right, that’s enough.” By that point, Jake Hattock already was on his way to the scorer’s table to check in.
Murphy left the game with about a minute to go in the third quarter. He received a standing ovation as he headed to the bench and concluded his night.
Murphy’s teammates hooted and hollered and celebrated his accomplishment, but the sophomore didn’t think much of it.
“It doesn’t really matter,” he said of the record, “as long as we won.”
Murphy credited his teammates with making a concerted effort to get him the ball while he had the hot hand, something BLHS coach Mike McBride echoed.
“That’s the great thing about my team right now is there was no jealousy; they were all cheering for him and they knew what he was doing,” McBride said. “As a coaching staff, I’m more pleased about that than anything, just the unselfishness of the team.”
The victory, coupled with Sumner Academy’s loss to Bishop Miege, lifted the Bobcats into the No. 1 seed for next week’s Class 4A substate tournament.
Basehor (17-2) will close out the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Bonner Springs. The Bobcats then open substate play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Bishop Ward.