BLHS girls nearly flawless in rout of Ward
Basehor-Linwood senior Megan Bergstrom played determined basketball in a 59-26 victory against Bishop Ward on Friday at BLHS.
She was aggressive in rebounding of the basketball on offense. She scored numerous second-chance points and didn’t wait for the offense to necessarily come to her. She played tough defense and shot the ball well.
She led all scorers with 18 points, receiving praise from coach Noah Simpson.
“She came in with a determination we have not seen from her tonight,” Simpson said. “She allowed herself to open up by getting rebounds and being really aggressive. She did a great job tonight. This was her best performance in four years.”
Her play, and the Bobcats’ collective chemistry and intensity, contributed to one of the best games the team has played in Simpson’s tenure.
“I thought this was probably the best team performance we have had in four years,” he said. “It is fun to see us play like that; we were unselfish on offense and limited them on defense. I couldn’t be more proud of how we played tonight.”
On offense, he was pleased with the team’s passing. Players found open teammates for easy baskets throughout the game.
Two other players joined Bergstrom in double figures. Jamie Johnson scored 14 points.
Johnson, who played well in the team’s win over Sumner Academy on Tuesday, earned a start against the Cyclones. She played well on the perimeter and was part of the team’s full-court press and trapping defense.
“She continues to get better,” Simpson said. “She is stepping up for us and is continuing to come into her own as a player.”
Courtney Poe was the team’s other double figure scorer with 10 points. She shot the ball well for the Bobcats and played well at the guard position, Simpson said.
“She did a great job and knocked down some big shots,” he said.
Combined, the three players outscored Bishop Ward. On defense, Bishop Ward turned the ball over or missed field goal attempts frequently. The Bobcats didn’t allow the Cyclones to do much on offense.
Basehor-Linwood, 5-1, prepares for Bonner Springs on Tuesday.