Basehor-Linwood girls rout Turner, lock up share of league championship
Basehor-Linwood guard Courtney Poe celebrated Senior Night with one of her best games of the season, making six shots from 3-point range in a 62-20 victory against Turner.
Poe finished with 20 points, matching the Bears’ point total for the game.
“It always feels good to make them,” she said of the 3-pointers. “We had a good vibe on the team tonight with it being Senior Night. My teammates kept looking for me, and them getting me the ball allowed me to make the shots.”
As a team, the Bobcats made 12 shots from 3-point range. In addition to Poe, Maggie Hattock made four treys. Jamie Johnson and Macyn Sanders each hit a 3-pointer.
“Twelve threes is awesome,” coach Noah Simpson said. “I told the kids they need to understand that we can shoot it like that at any time. This is the time of the year to get hot shooting the basketball with substate (starting next week).”
From the outset, Basehor-Linwood was in control of the game. The Bobcats opened on an 18-0 run and never looked back. They led 24-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Poe made three treys in the quarter. Basehor-Linwood built on its lead in the second quarter and led 34-9 at halftime. During intermission, Simpson asked the players to try to have a little fun.
“I told them, ‘You all work so hard to get here to step on the varsity floor; just have fun with it,’” he said. “I thought we did that tonight.”
Hattock made three shots from 3-point range in the half. The offense flowed with numerous players making shots.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to 15-4 on the season. With one game left in the regular season, the Bobcats can win the Kaw Valley League title outright with a victory Friday at Bonner Springs.
“We want a chance to win it outright,” Simpson said. “We need to win Friday, no question about it.”
The Bobcats’ goal is to enter substate on a high note. The team has won eight of its last nine games and is looking for more against Bonner Springs on Friday. BSHS will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s substate tournament. BLHS will be the No. 1 seed.
— Basehor-Linwood girls basketball players wore pink uniforms as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The team also sold 50/50 tickets as a fundraiser for cancer research.
— The Bobcats honored seniors Shelby Equels, Macyn Sanders and Courtney Poe before the game.