Bever’s big third quarter sparks BLHS to 60-47 victory against Bishop Ward
Cassy Bever couldn’t miss in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s home game against Bishop Ward.
She scored 17 points in the quarter and propelled Basehor-Linwood to a 60-47 victory.
The basket looked big to her, and the scoring run “felt really good,” she said.
Yes, Bever had one of those senior moments that Basehor-Linwood guards have made a tradition at the school in recent seasons.
It came at a pivotal time in the season against Bishop Ward who is ranked in area basketball polls. She finished the game with 21 points.
“I was feeling pretty hot shooting the ball,” Bever said. “I just kept shooting when I got open.”
The performance was her best of the season.
She credited teammates with getting her the ball in a position where she could shoot and finding her within the offense.
Bever’s performance helped the Bobcats outscore the Cyclones 23-11 in the quarter, and Basehor-Linwood led 41-21 entering the fourth quarter.
Bishop Ward mounted a rally in the final quarter behind Kylie Burns who scored 18 of her game-high 34 points in the quarter.
“I am not sure you will find a better player in the state right now than her,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said.
The Bobcats ran a lot of defenses to try to shut Burns down, but none of them worked. The performance, though, wasn’t enough to bring the Cyclones back as Basehor-Linwood made foul shots and enough field goals to win the game.
For a second consecutive game, Courtney Poe delivered at the foul line making all seven of her free throws down the stretch.
“It is just amazing how composed she is on the court,” Simpson said. “She has stepped in after playing behind great guards the last two years. As a junior, she just takes over and is calm no matter what happens.”
The team also received a late lift from Megan Bergstrom who was injured in the first half, but returned to the court for the final two minutes.
It was a night when all of the girls played their respective roles well.
“I have never been more proud of a group of girls,” Simpson said. “They played hard for 32 minutes. I told Megan with 2:30 left in the game, there is no time to be hurt.”
Bergstrom remained in the game and helped the Bobcats earn the victory. She finished with 15 points.
“This is just huge for our confidence,” Simpson said. “We set a goal going into our tournament that we wanted to be 4-4. We have to win one more game to get there.
The Bobcats, 3-4, play at 6 p.m. Friday at Bonner Springs before playing in the Basehor-Linwood Invitational next week.