Bergstrom, Johnson power Bobcats to 49-39 victory against Cyclones
Basehor-Linwood girls basketball player Megan Bergstrom drilled a 3-pointer as time expired at the end of third quarter Tuesday at Bishop Ward.
The Bobcats led 33-28. The basket capped a 10-2 run to end the quarter. During the run, Basehor-Linwood erased a five-point deficit, and they went on to win the game, 49-39.
The Bobcats built on the lead early in the fourth quarter. The two teams traded baskets initially, and then Jamie Johnson made a field goal to give BLHS a 43-35 lead.
The basket ended Basehor-Linwood’s best offensive possession of the game. The Bobcats were aggressive off the dribble and then made a series of nice passes to Johnson for the basket.
“Great things happen when you play good, solid basketball and attack,” coach Noah Simpson said to his team during the timeout. “That was awesome.”
The team will get better shots if it stays aggressive shooting the basketball, he said.
“Those things are there for us, but they will not open up until we attack the basket with the ball,” he said.
Basehor-Linwood was in control of the game, and Johnson helped close it out by making four consecutive free throws late. Johnson made 8 of 9 free throws for the night and finished with 10 points.
“I didn’t think she had missed a foul shot until I looked at the scorebook later,” Simpson said. “Those were some big shots.”
Johnson was one of two BLHS players to score in double figures. Bergstrom led the Bobcats with 15 points. Macyn Sanders and Courtney Poe each scored 8 points.
On a day when the temperature outside was below freezing and wind chills were in negative territory, Basehor-Linwood and Bishop Ward struggled to score baskets in the first half.
The score was just 6-6 at the end of the first quarter. The two teams got into more of a rhythm on offense in the second quarter. Basehor-Linwood outscored Bishop Ward 13-12 and built a 19-18 lead at intermission.
“There was a big difference for us in the first and second half tonight,” Simpson said. “We scored only 19 in the first half and 30 in the second. That had to do with us attacking with the basketball.”
Basehor-Linwood (10-4 overall, 7-1 Kaw Valley League) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Piper. The Bobcats then play host to Bonner Springs on Monday and Mill Valley on Tuesday.