Wristen: It’s a Bobcat double-feature
Skip the Saturday night trip to the movies. The best show in town is taking place in the Basehor-Linwood High School gymnasium.
In fact, it’s an extra-special night. A double-feature is showing. Both the Basehor-Linwood girls and boys are competing in the Class 4A substate finals. The games will be back-to-back, with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys following at 7:30.
Come on out and make a day of it. The forecast calls for temperatures in the low 50s — an absolute heat wave compared to what we’ve seen for the past three months. Bring out the grill, fire up some steaks and hot dogs and enjoy the weather and fresh air for an hour or two before heading into the gym for the show.
Up first will be the Basehor-Linwood girls against Baldwin with a state tournament berth on the line. It’s an intriguing matchup, to say the least. Many people predicted top-seed St. James Academy would face No. 3 Sumner Academy for the championship, but fourth-seed Basehor started strong and ran away with a 53-37 victory against St. James while No. 2 Baldwin squeaked out a 51-46 victory in the other semifinal.
Basehor and Baldwin have matching 15-7 records and neither team has much imposing size in the paint. That could give BLHS junior Megan Bergstrom — the tallest player on the floor at 5-foot-11 and an extremely versatile scorer — more opportunities to be effective under the basket.
The Bobcats have won 14 of their last 17 games since starting the season 1-4 against a brutal schedule. The three losses were to Ottawa (20-2), Park Hill (15-11) and Lansing (19-2).
If the Basehor girls are able to secure a state tournament berth in the first game of the night, then the crowd just might blow the roof off the building for the main event — the highly-anticipated showdown between Basehor (ranked No. 1 in the KBCA state poll) and Sumner Academy (No. 3 in the KBCA rankings).
Both the BLHS and Sumner boys advanced to state last year when they were in different substates. Basehor won the state title — the first KSHSAA-sponsored athletic state championship in school history. This matchup was predicted by most on the first day of the season, with the winner entering the state tournament in Salina as the odds-on favorite to win the state championship.
If there’s anything the Basehor-Linwood community would love more than seeing the Bobcats earn a shot at another state title, it would be to see BOTH the Basehor boys and girls qualify for state and pursue titles. That could become a reality Saturday night.
Regardless of the outcome, two outstanding matchups are on tap and everyone in town should be there. So again, make a day out of it. Get there early. Enjoy the weather. Fire up the grill. Then head into the BLHS gym and get ready for what just might be the best double-feature this city’s ever seen.