Live updates: Basehor-Linwood Basketball Invitational
BLHS girls trail Ottawa at halftime, 20-14
GAME FOUR: Platte County (Mo.) boys 60, Pembroke Hill (Mo.) 56
Pembroke Hill used an 18-4 second-quarter run to take a 29-16 halftime lead against Platte County Monday in the first round of the Basehor-Linwood Boys Basketball Invitational.
At that point it looked like the Raiders would coast into the winner’s bracket.
Platte County had other plans. It chopped into the lead by outscoring Pembroke Hill 20-12 during the third quarter. A 24-point fourth quarter allowed Platte County to surge into the lead and pull out a 60-56 victory.
Jacob Hardie led Platte County with 24 points and Bryce Brownsberger poured in 19. Taylor Keifer paced Pembroke Hill with 18 points.
Platte County advanced to the championship semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of the Basehor-Linwood and Holton game. Pembroke Hill will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against the BLHS-Holton loser.
GAME THREE: Ottawa girls 51, Basehor-Linwood 45
Basehor-Linwood cut an 11-point deficit to four during the second half, but that’s as close as the Bobcats would get in a 51-45 loss to Ottawa on Monday in the opening round of the Basehor-Linwood Girls Basketball Invitational.
BLHS had the game tied at 13-13 midway through the second quarter, but Ottawa closed the first half on a 7-1 run and led 20-14 at intermission.
Basehor forward Megan Bergstrom picked up her fourth foul just 14 seconds into the second half and sat out the remainder of the third quarter. Ottawa went on to build an 11-point lead at 30-19. The Bobcats used a lay-in by Cassy Bever and a 3-point play by Courtney Poe to draw within 30-24, but Ottawa extended its lead to 38-30 by the end of the quarter.
Bergstrom returned to the lineup in the fourth quarter and scored on the Bobcats’ first possession. Moments later, Bergstrom grabbed a rebound and fired an outlet pass to Poe who hit Bever in stride for a layup. That brought BLHS within 38-34 with 7:11 to go.
Ottawa called a timeout and eventually rebuilt its 11-point lead. During that time, Bergstrom picked up her fifth foul.
Basehor attempted to rally in the closing minutes, and a banked 3-pointer by Shelby Equels pulled the Bobcats within 49-45 with two seconds to go. Ottawa’s Kristyn Watts sank two late free throws to create the final margin of victory.
Kearsten Peoples scored a game-high 19 points for Ottawa, which remained undefeated for the season.
Bever scored 17 and Bergstrom added 11 to pace BLHS.
Ottawa next plays in the championship semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday against Holton or St. Teresa’s (Mo.). Basehor (4-5) plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday against the Holton-St. Teresa’s loser.
GAME TWO: Ottawa boys 69, St. Joe (Mo.) Benton 28
Ottawa attempted to open the game with an alley-oop to senior Kevin Barber. The highlight-reel play didn’t pan out, but Barber and the Cyclones were a combination of flash and efficiency the rest of the way.
They built a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter — one that was capped by a one-handed jam by Barber in the closing seconds — and rolled to a 69-28 victory in the first round of the Basehor-Linwood Boys Basketball Invitational.
Ottawa exploded to a 21-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Cyclones were just getting warmed up. They used a balanced attack to steadily extend their lead throughout the rest of the game. Whether it was Adam Hasty pouring in shots from outside or Corbin Goedert scoring at ease inside, the Cyclones were unstoppable.
Goedert led Ottawa with 15 points, Hasty scored 12 and Semi Ojeleye added 10 in the victory. Izaack Cox led Benton with 8 points.
Ottawa advances to the championship semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against either St. James Academy or Park Hill (Mo.). St. Joe Benton plays at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation semifinals against the St. James-Park Hill loser.
GAME ONE: Platte County (Mo.) girls 48, Park Hill (Mo.) 32
The Platte County girls earned a 16-point victory in the first game of the day at the Basehor-Linwood Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament, but the victory was anything but easy.
The Pirates trailed 10-9 after the first quarter and were down 18-16 at halftime.
A 20-point third-quarter eruption — which included 3-point baskets by Taylor Johnson, Jordan Trimble and Kelsey Knox — helped them surge into the lead. The Pirates never looked back as they continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Johnson led Platte County with 22 points and Knox added 8. Katy Plummer paced Park Hill with 7 points.
Platte County advances to the championship semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday against either St. Joe (Mo.) Benton or Wyandotte. Park Hill will play at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation semifinals against the Benton-Wyandotte loser.