Clutch BLHS girls net fourth win in five games
Kara Stephens stepped to the foul line having not scored a point in the game, the Bobcats up 52-51 against Bishop Ward with less than a minute left.
Now Stephens, who had missed most of last season with a wrist injury was shooting a pair of foul shots.
She tried not to think about much other than shooting the ball. The philosophy worked as the first shot went up and clanged around the rim before falling through. The next shot tapped the rim and fell in.
“I was just trying to do whatever I could to help the team and not put too much pressure on myself,” she said. “I kind of tried not to think about it too much.”
The baskets were the deciding points in a game where neither team was able to gain control until the final whistle.
Bishop Ward turned the ball over on its next possession. Basehor-Linwood faced a press and turned the ball over when it caught the ball on the in-bounds line.
With possession of the ball, Bishop Ward attempted a three-pointer and then was forced to foul. The Bobcats went to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one. With another chance to tie the game and needing a 3-pointer, Bishop Ward’s Hanna Barnhart made a field goal with 4.6 seconds left.
The Bobcats turned the ball over on the in-bounds play, but the Cyclones missed a last-second shot that would have won the game as time expired, giving Basehor-Linwood (7-7, 5-4) a 54-53 win and its fourth victory in five games.
“Yeah, it was a physical game, with our two post players on the bench late in the game we found a way to get it done,” he said. “I haven’t had that much fun coaching a game in a long time.”
Basehor-Linwood post players Bailey Hooker and Victoria Smith each fouled out with less than two minutes to play in the game. Hooker had led the team with 17 points. Smith finished with four points.
“We just outlasted them tonight,” Simpson said. “I wasn’t real comfortable until all time was off the clock.”
Basehor-Linwood led 25-23 at halftime. Hooker led the team with 10 first half points. In the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood made four three-point shots, leading 42-39 entering the fourth quarter. Basehor-Linwood led 52-46 with three minutes left after Maggie Hattock's fourth three-pointe basket. Bishop Ward got back into the game with a 5-0 run as the Bobcats again failed to score until Stephens stepped to the foul line.
“I just couldn’t be more proud of this team and the way we continue to battle,” Simpson said.
The Bobcats host Piper (8-7, 5-4) at 6 p.m. on Friday.