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BOBCATS FINISH THIRD

The Basehor-Linwood girls beat Ottawa, 47-36, in the third-place game at the Class 4A state tournament on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The trophy is the first for the BLHS girls since Basehor and Linwood high schools consolidated. The Bobcats finished the season with a 20-5 record. Enlarge photo

March 12, 2011

— It took the Basehor-Linwood girls a little bit longer than they’d expected to move past Friday’s four-point loss in the state semifinals — 10 1/2 minutes to be exact.

Basehor-Linwood girls take 3rd at state

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The Basehor-Linwood girls rallied past Ottawa and placed third at state with a 47-36 victory. The Bobcats finished the season with a 20-5 record. Enlarge video

By then, the Bobcats were buried in a nine-point hole in the third-place game against Ottawa.

After a timeout, however, they regrouped and returned to the court with a vengeance.

Less than two minutes later they had the lead, and they went on to claim a 47-36 victory Saturday at the Bicentennial Center.

Basehor-Linwood closed out a 20-5 season with the first state tournament trophy for girls basketball since Basehor and Linwood high schools consolidated in 1988.

The Bobcats were a step slow on defense during the first quarter and they knocked down just one shot while falling behind 10-2. After a brief rally, Ottawa heated up again and stretched its lead to 17-8 with 5:36 left in the second quarter.

That’s when the Cyclones called a timeout. The Bobcats used it to their advantage.

They switched to a diamond and one defense and locked down on Ottawa standout Jordan Baldwin. They also started making shots — lots of them.

Macyn Sanders slashed to the basket for a layup. She added a pair of free throws a minute later. Then Megan Bergstrom buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key and pulled BLHS within 17-15.

Ottawa called another timeout, but it didn’t matter. Fresh out of the timeout, Bergstrom scored, drew a foul and sank a free throw. The next time down the court she buried another trey from the top of the key. That capped a 13-0 run and Basehor-Linwood took a 23-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“I thought once we switched to the diamond and one we kind of shut down their shooter a little bit, kind of shut down what they were doing, got a few steals,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said. “Then we started feeling pretty good about ourselves and went on a pretty big run. I remember getting the one-point lead there in the second (quarter), and I looked at (assistant) coach (Bruce Courtney) and said, ‘We’ve got this.’ I just felt like once we got the lead we were going to be OK.”

Ottawa took a 26-23 lead early in the third quarter, but back-to-back 3-pointers from the top of the key by Courtney Poe put the Bobcats ahead for good.

BLHS led 34-28 entering the fourth quarter. A Bergstrom layup and another Poe trey pushed the lead to double figures early in the fourth quarter before the Bobcats cruised to the finish.

Bergstrom finished with a game-high 17 points, Poe had 15, Sanders scored 10 and Jamie Johnson added 5 for the Bobcats.

Baldwin led Ottawa with 16 points. No other Cyclones scored in double figures.

NOTES

— Basehor-Linwood has been to state three of the past four years (2008, 2010, 2011) but didn’t win a game either of the first two trips.

— The victory capped the careers of BLHS seniors Shelby Equels, Amanda O’Bryan, Megan Bergstrom, Courtney Poe and Macyn Sanders.

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