BLHS girls begin season with 47-37 victory against Bishop Ward
Call it first-game jitters, but Friday night’s league showdown between Basehor-Linwood and Bishop Ward was sloppy. The two teams combined for 60 turnovers in the Bobcats’ 47-37 victory.
Basehor-Linwood was led by senior Jamie Johnson’s 18 points. Junior Amber Garver scored 14 of her 16 points in the first quarter, including four 3-pointers. Coach Jason Tatkenhorst was thrilled to get the first game out of the way. All summer, this was a game circled on the schedule.
“To get a win on the first night, it relieves some pressure,” Tatkenhorst said. “It was a fun night, especially the way we started.”
Tatkenhorst said that the great first quarter from Garver wasn’t just on offense, but on defense. He said she put a great deal of energy into both sides of the court and was compelled to sub her out to give her a breather. He was reluctant because she was knocking down everything she shot and didn’t want her to cool off. Garver acknowledged that she needed a break, though.
“I knew that I need rest,” Garver said. “I was getting tired.”
Tatkenhorst didn’t want to lose Garver for the entire game from fatigue, adding that it’s difficult to play all 32 minutes in the first game.
As well as the Bobcats played in the first quarter, Tatkenhorst said the rhythm of the second, third and fourth quarters looked like the first game of the season. He said the first quarter is how he wants his team to play — minus the seven turnovers. Tatkenhorst was impressed with how Johnson played through adversity. The captain picked up her fourth foul and was forced to go to the bench for awhile.
“She’s got to know that we need to have her on the court down the stretch,” Tatkenhorst said. “She’ll make that adjustment and won’t foul next time.”
The Bobcats (1-0) travel to St. Theresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday.