Bobcats edge Pirates on Senior Night
Cara McCarty smiled big after each kill against Piper on Tuesday night.
She led the Bobcats with 11 kills and came up big for in fifth and deciding game.
With the score 11-9, McCarty recorded three consecutive kills to give her team a 14-9 lead. Piper answered with a couple points, but McCarty put the game away with a kill for the team’s 15th point of the game.
Afterward, coach Amy Irvin said McCarty’s efforts helped BLHS earn a big victory on Senior Night. McCarty is the type of player who Irvin said makes her feel comfortable as a coach when she rotates back into the lineup. McCarty was a steadying force for the Bobcats against Piper and helped the team earn a victory.
Irvin said the seniors definitely only wanted a victory on Senior Night. The team honored McCarty, Sydne Eriksen, Raime Harvey and Olivia Cowan before the match.
“I will miss them,” Irvin said. “It is sad. I will miss each and every one of them. The younger classes will have big shoes to fill.”
McCarty helped lead the Bobcats to victory in a match that was back and forth through the first four games. Basehor-Linwood won the first two games by 25-23 scores.
Piper won the third and fourth games by 25-18 scores, and the Pirates had momentum entering the final game.
Irvin said she was not pleased with how her team played in those two games, and she challenged the Bobcats to improve and win the battle to 15 in the final game.
In the fifth game, BLHS and Piper battled back and forth for each point.
Neither team led by more than two points until McCarty’s three-point surge late in the match gave the Bobcats control.
The victory kept BLHS undefeated in Kaw Valley League matches. While the team has struggled in tournaments, it has its sights set on a league championship entering next week’s match at Lansing.
“That will be a fight,” Irvin said.
The win followed up a fourth-place finish Saturday in the De Soto Spike Fest.
The Bobcats lost in the third-place match to Tonganoxie, which was a difficult loss for the team to take against a KVL rival. Irvin said the frustrating part was that her team is capable of playing better volleyball, but can’t allow a couple of mistakes to morph into an extended scoring run.
“We have proven we can beat anybody we have played by beating teams that we have never beaten,” she said. “Every game we play, we have to try and build off of that.”
BLHS plays at Blue Valley Southwest on Monday, Oct. 17, against BVSW and Turner. The Bobcats then play Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Lansing.