Basehor-Linwood girls top Bonner Springs in key KVL matchup
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team took a major step forward toward winning a Kaw Valley League championship when it earned a 45-36 victory Monday at home against Bonner Springs.
The Bobcats remain tied atop the league standings with Mill Valley, a team BLHS beat earlier in the season for the Jaguars' lone league loss. Basehor-Linwood and Mill Valley will square off at 6 p.m. Tuesday at BLHS.
Bonner Springs, which sits in fourth place in the league standings, needed a victory to keep serious title hopes alive.
Both teams played strong defense early, and the result was a low-scoring first quarter where Basehor-Linwood led just 5-2.
The Bobcats heated up for 19 points in the second quarter, and that was the surge they needed. They carried a 24-13 lead into the locker room at halftime, and it gave them enough of a cushion to stay in control the rest of the way.
Bonner Springs chipped away a bit at the lead but was unable to catch the Bobcats in the end.
Erica Smith led Bonner Springs with 9 points, Haley Hoffine scored 8 and Anna Deegan added 7 as the Braves dropped to 10-5 overall and 5-4 in the KVL.
Megan Bergstrom paced Basehor-Linwood with 11 points and Jamie Johnson and Courtney Poe scored 9 apiece as BLHS moved to 12-4 overall and 9-1 in the league.
BLHS plays host to Mill Valley on Tuesday and Bonner Springs travels to Turner.