31-2 run powers BLHS girls past Piper
Basehor-Linwood led Piper 8-6 early in the first quarter when the Bobcats suddenly began to dominate the girls basketball game Friday night at PHS.
The Bobcats embarked on a 31-2 run that spanned to two and a half quarters and left them in control of the game entering the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats rolled to a 49-18 victory, improving to 10-4 on the season and 8-1 in Kaw Valley League play.
Basehor-Linwood dominated in all phases of the game. Defensively, the Bobcats forced steals and limited Piper’s second chance opportunities.
On offense, Jamie Johnson scored 19 points to lead all scorers. During the game-deciding run, she forced a couple steals and made layups. Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter that propelled the team on the run. She made a two treys in the first half, finishing with 13 points at the end of it.
“She had a great offensive mind tonight and did the things we asked for her to do,” coach Noah Simpson said. “She played so hard tonight, and that is what gave her the chance. She got into the flow early.”
Johnson’s play helped to spark the Bobcats.
“It really helped the rest of the team get into the game,” Simpson said. “It sped the game up. That was the tempo we like to play. She was a crucial part of it.”
Megan Bergstrom joined Johnson in double figures with 14 points. The Bobcats’ other scorers were Courtney Poe, 8; Cara McCarty, 4; Macyn Sanders, 2; Shelby Equels, 2.
Overall, Simpson said he is pleased with the team’s play.
“We did so many things right tonight. We pushed the ball well and hit shots in transition. We went into tonight, talking (about how we have) two weeks left to get ready for substate. We needed to be ready when it gets here. The kids took it to heart and just played a great game of basketball. I am pleased with every aspect of what we did tonight.”
Basehor-Linwood plays a substate-like schedule next week with games against Bonner Springs on Monday, Mill Valley on Tuesday and Lansing next Friday. The games should play a role in deciding the Kaw Valley League champion as Basehor-Linwood and Mill Valley are 8-1 and Lansing is 7-2 in the league. Bonner Springs remains in the hunt at 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the league.
“We know next week is huge for the outcome of all that,” Simpson said. “We look forward to playing Bonner on Monday and getting after it. The kids know each other well. I think it’ll a great atmosphere and a great game.”