BLHS girls crush Atchison, advance to substate finals
Kansas City, Kan. Atchison scored the first two points of the Class 4A girls basketball substate semifinal Friday night.
Basehor-Linwood didn’t panic, however. Instead, the Bobcats answered with a 15-0 run and never looked back in a 61-20 rout at Piper High School.
The Bobcats advanced to face Sumner Academy at 6 p.m. Saturday in the finals.
BLHS coach Noah Simpson said he was pleased to see such a confident, dominant performance from his team as it tries to secure a second straight trip to state.
“The one thing we talked about the last two days was that Saturday doesn’t exist without Friday,” Simpson said. “I told the kids, ‘It’s got to be 32 minutes of absolute hustle and determination, and everything will fall into place for us.’ I think we started the game and ended the game perfectly. We started the game by pressuring them and getting after it, diving for loose balls and making things happen, and we ended the game on a freshman who just got in for two minutes diving for a loose ball. That to me is huge. That’s exactly what we asked from the kids, and they’re doing such a great job of giving us 32 minutes of effort.”
Atchison won the opening tip and immediately scored a layup just eight seconds into the game.
Basehor-Linwood answered with a 15-foot jumper from Cara McCarty at the other end. The Bobcats proceeded to force seven straight Atchison turnovers while surging to a 15-2 lead. Megan Bergstrom sank five free throws and Macyn Sanders buried two 3-pointers during that stretch.
After an Atchison free throw, Courtney Poe buried back-to-back jumpers.
By the end of the quarter BLHS led 24-8.
The second quarter was sloppy by both teams, but the Bobcats extended their lead to 19 points by halftime at 32-13.
Basehor-Linwood made six of its first eight shots in the third quarter — including two 3-pointers by Poe and another trey by Shelby Equels — as the lead surpassed 30 points.
BLHS led by 39 after three quarters and played with a continuous clock for the final eight minutes.
Bergstrom scored a game-high 22 points, Poe had 15 and Sanders added 11.
The Bobcats are now 17-4.