BLHS girls stay focused on substate
Despite tourney losses, squad not deterred from ultimate goal
Basehor-Linwood continually chased Park Hill (Mo.) on the scoreboard in a 54-39 loss Friday in the fifth-place game of the Basehor-Linwood Girls Basketball Invitational.
The game resembled a race between the two teams who constantly traded scoring runs and momentum.
In the end, the Pirates made one more run than the Bobcats.
Trailing 27-15 at halftime, Basehor-Linwood went to work on offense.
Cassy Bever began the quarter by making back-to-back field goals.
Courtney Poe also sparked the team’s offense, chipping in three 3-pointers in the quarter. The scoring surge helped BLHS cut the lead to 33-28 entering the fourth quarter.
“In the second half we played a lot better,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said. “We did shoot the ball better.”
Basehor-Linwood cut the lead to three points in the fourth quarter before Park Hill and Laurie Bennett made a 14-2 run to clinch the game. Bennett and Katy Plummer combined for 23 points.
Park Hill’s run occurred after Megan Bergstrom fouled out of the game and other BLHS players got into foul trouble.
The BLHS offense didn’t have an answer for Park Hill, missing shots and turning the ball over.
Poe led the Bobcats with 15 points and Bever joined her in double figures with 11 points. Bergstrom finished with 7, Cara McCarty had 4 and Taylor Johnson chipped in 2.
Park Hill dominated the first half. It held a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and outscored BLHS 17-11 in the second quarter,. While his team still trailed, Simpson said his team did a better job of running its offense during the second half.
In earlier tournament games, the Bobcats dropped a 51-45 decision to Ottawa in the first round and defeated St. Teresa’s Academy, 51-44, in the second round.
After Friday’s loss, Simpson said the team needs to improve its rebounding while playing a zone defense. Players have to understand that instead of boxing out against a set person in a man-to-man defense, they are attempting to screen off an area while playing a zone defense.
Offense, rebounding and other techniques are items the team is working on in preparation for the rest of the regular season and the Class 4A substate tournament.
“It is the little things that we have to work on in the next week,” he said of his 5-6 squad. “We have to stay focused. The talent is there, we just have to stay focused and our goal is to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season.”