Buzzer-beater lifts Lansing girls past BLHS
Lansing 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.