Archive for Saturday, January 29, 2011

Buzzer-beater lifts Lansing girls past BLHS

January 29, 2011

— Kiersten Kirkendoll sat inside the training room inside Lansing High School on Friday and tried to explain the last six seconds of the basketball game.

She had pulled down a rebound off a missed foul shot, dribbled down the court and heaved a shot at the net in desperation. After hanging in the air, the ball went in as time expired.

Lansing won the game, 40-39.

Basehor-Linwood coaches and players looked on in disbelief. The Lansing stands came to their feet and Kirkendoll was ecstatic as players rushed to her.

“I was freaking out. I didn’t know the score or how much time was on the clock. I just knew that I had to get the shot off. I just about went out of bounds, but then I went for it,” she said.

Basehor-Linwood coach Noah Simpson said it was a difficult way to lose a game. He said Kirkendoll is a good player who made a big shot.

The basket decided a close game where neither team developed a lot of flow on offense and both struggled making free throws at the end of the game.

Kirkendoll actually had missed a free throw earlier in the final minutes that would have tied the game. At the other end, Basehor-Linwood’s Courtney Poe and Megan Bergstrom were 1 of 4 from the stripe.

The free throws did not cost Basehor-Linwood the game, Simpson said. Numerous plays that should have been made throughout the game — a shot here or a defensive rebound there —could have tipped the game in Basehor-Linwood’s favor.

“We cannot take a situation off,” he said.

The Bobcats started slow, which made it difficult to ever build a lead against Lansing. Simpson liked the effort at the end of the game, but he said he wants to see that type of effort for 32 minutes.

Basehor-Linwood led 12-8 entering the second quarter. Macyn Sanders went 4-for-4 from the free throw line and Bergstrom went 2-for-3.

In the second quarter, Lansing put together a small scoring run and took the lead late in the half, before Jamie Johnson made a field goal to tie the game at 18-18 at halftime.

Basehor-Linwood made 10 of 11 free throws in the first half, making just four field goals in the half and no 3-pointers.

The third quarter was relatively even. Bailey Hooker scored six points for the Bobcats, who outscored the Lions 11-10 in the quarter. Gabby Hacker scored eight points for the Lions. There were seven ties or lead changes in the fourth quarter. Basehor-Linwood led by five points early, but Lansing took the final lead on the last shot of the game.

Sanders led all Basehor-Linwood scorers with 9 points. Jamie Johnson scored 8 points off the bench. Bergstom and Hooker each scored 6 points. Courtney Poe and Amanda O’Bryan scored 4 points. Shelby Equels finished with 2 points.

Basehor-Linwood plays at Tonganoxie on Tuesday.

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