BLHS girls drop rematch with Tonganoxie
The Tonganoxie girls avenged their season-opening loss to Basehor-Linwood with Tuesday’s 54-36 victory.
The Chieftains (9-4) stumbled out of the gate, but regained their composure to take a 21-17 lead at halftime. They grabbed complete control in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats (5-7) by a 19-11 margin.
“(Tonganoxie) pressured the ball and they got hot with some shots,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said. “It seemed like they got on a roll and we couldn’t hit a shot.”
After watching Tonganoxie shoot just 25 percent and commit 12 turnovers in the first two quarters, Chieftain coach Randy Kraft preached the importance of ball control during intermission.
Kraft’s squad responded, sinking 55.6 percent of its shots after the break.
“(Basehor-Linwood) plays a different style of defense. They’re in the passing lanes a lot, so there’s not as much pressure,” Kraft said. “We got to penetrating that and I think it kind of changed the game.”
The Bobcats controlled the game early on, jumping out to an 8-4 lead three minutes into the first quarter, but the Chieftains battled back to take a one-point lead at the end of the period.
Tonganoxie continued to find a rhythm on offense, but only managed to extended its lead to four by halftime.
Basehor-Linwood suffered a big loss during Tonganoxie’s initial scoring run, as junior Jamie Johnson was injured in a collision with Tonganoxie senior Amanda Holroyd. Johnson, who made her first three shot attempts, would not return. She finished as the team’s second-leading scorer with six points.
“Our talk in the locker room after the game was about learning how to deal with adversity,” Simpson said. “Like I told them, bad things happen, but we have to find a way to fight through it and bounce back.”
Bobcat senior Bailey Hooker led all scorers with 15 points. She was the only Bobcat to reach double figures.
Basehor-Linwood will play host to Turner at 6 p.m. on Friday