BLHS girls heat up in rout of Turner
With a winter blizzard and frigid temperatures outside, Basehor-Linwood girls basketball players didn’t practice for nearly a week after last Friday’s last-second loss to Lansing.
Instead of shooting free throws and running plays, players were checking forecasts, watching inches of snow fall and stepping outside to shovel.
Coach Noah Simpson said the team joked that it felt like it’s third winter break of the season. The team has played for three and a half months and played 11 games. Now, he said the Bobcats will play nine games in less than a month.
“Maybe that is a good thing,” he said.
For a night it was, Basehor-Linwood dominated Turner in the form of a 67-42 victory.
“I just thought everyone came out and gave a great effort,” he said. “The intensity was good, which was the big thing.”
Simpson said he didn’t know how well his team would shoot the ball against Turner because of the break, but he wanted his team to play hard. The Bobcats started strong, outscoring Turner 21-8 in the first quarter. Guards Macyn Sanders and Jamie Johnson combined for 13 early points and the Bobcats were on their way to taking control of the game.
The score was 40-20 at halftime, with Basehor-Linwood adding another 19 points in the second quarter. Again, the team featured a balanced scoring attack.
With an extended break, Simpson said he wanted to use the game as a chance to get a lot of players into the game. He accomplished that by playing 10 to 11 players. Nine different Bobcats scored
Sanders led the team with 16 points and Johnson joined her in double figures with 11. Megan Bergstrom scored 8 points, Victoria Smith and Bailey Hooker scored 6 apiece, Maggie Hattock had 4, Shelby Equels had 3 and Amanda O’Bryan and Amber Garver each added 2.
With the win behind them, Basehor-Linwood next plays Tonganoxie at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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