Bobcat girls edge Jaguars in overtime
Mill Valley girls basketball player Tanner Tripp went to the foul line with no time on the clock and her team trailing by three Tuesday night at Basehor-Linwood.
If she missed a shot, the game was over.
Tripp had been fouled on a 3-point attempt and now had the chance to make all the shots and force overtime.
She made the first shot and began to dribble for the next. BLHS coach Noah Simpson attempted to ice her by calling timeout.
Out of the timeout, Tripp made the next one.
Simpson used his final timeout. Mill Valley coach John McFall glanced down the sideline at his counterpart and smiled. Simpson smiled back.
That’s the type of game it was. Both coaches used whatever type of maneuver they could think of, whether it was a stalling offense or a different defense, to trip the other team up in a pivotal league game.
After the next timeout, Tripp made her third straight free throw and sent the game to overtime.
In overtime, Basehor-Linwood never trailed and claimed a 44-41 victory.
The Bobcats swept the season series with Mill Valley and took sole possession of first place in the Kaw Valley League standings. The teams had been tied for first entering the game.
BLHS made critical free throws in overtime to secure the victory. Still, Mill Valley had a chance to tie after Jamie Johnson went 1-for-2 from the stripe with less than 30 seconds to go. The Jaguars’ 3-point attempt rimmed out, however, and the Bobcats held on.
When it was over, Simpson said it was a game where he used every coaching maneuver he could think of.
“We tried a little bit of everything tonight, and that was awesome,” Simpson said.
Mill Valley started off the game by scoring 17 points in the first quarter. Stephanie Lichtenauer scored 10 points in the quarter, but she was held to just two the rest of the way.
In the second quarter, though, Basehor-Linwood didn’t allow Mill Valley to score a point. The Bobcats switched defenses and stopped the Jaguars on each possession.
“We were able to hold them scoreless, and the kids played so well on defense,” Simpson said. “We hit all the shots that we needed to hit.”
Megan Bergstrom scored 11 of Basehor-Linwood’s 13 points in the quarter, and BLHS led 23-17 at intermission.
In the third quarter, Mill Valley tied the game at 26-26 before Bergstrom made a late field goal. The score was 28-26 entering the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter featured four lead changes. Finally, it looked like BLHS would pull out the victory before Tripp’s heroics from the free throw line tied the game at 37-37.
Bergstrom led the Bobcats with 15 points, Macyn Sanders finished with 9, Amanda O’Bryan had 5 and Johnson and Cara McCarty scored 4 apiece.
Tripp led Mill Valley with 14 points, Lichtenauer had 12, Kelsey Stone scored 6, and Jessica Lopez and Mackenzie Conklin each chipped in 2.
Basehor-Linwood improved to 13-4 overall and 10-1 in the KVL. The first-place Bobcats next play at 6 p.m. Friday at home against third-place Lansing (8-8, 7-3). LHS beat BLHS on a buzzer-beater earlier in the season.
Second-place Mill Valley (14-3, 9-2) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Piper.