Bonner Springs girls remain undefeated with victory against Basehor-Linwood
Bonner Springs had a balanced scoring attack and stingy defense in a 43-22 win over Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday, improving to 7-0 on the season.
The Braves jumped out to an early lead in the game, leading 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. Yessinia Hernandez and Anna Deegan each scored four points in the quarter.
Basehor-Linwood was never able to cut the Braves lead to less than eight points, scoring just a combined five points in the first and fourth quarters of the basketball game.
Bonner Springs picked up the win in spite of Anna Deegan missing most of the game with foul trouble. She picked up two fouls early in the first quarter and her third in the second. As a result, she spent a lot of time on the bench.
“When your best player, best defender and best scorer is sitting next to you, it kind of makes it tough,” coach Clay Oakes said.
Without Deegan, Bonner Springs was able to maintain its lead against the Bobcats.
The Braves led 26-10 in the second quarter when Jamie Johnson made a 3-pointer as time expired and drew a foul. She made a foul shot to convert the four-point play and the score was 26-14 at intermission.
To open the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood went on a 4-0 run and cut the lead to eight points. Jamie Johnson scored all four points and finished the game with 19 points. The Bobcats made just one field goal aside from Johnson’s performance.
With the lead down to single digits, Bonner Springs managed to rebuild its lead to 30-20 entering the fourth quarter.
The Braves outscored the Bobcats 12-3 in the final quarter to win the game.
“The key was when Basehor-Linwood went on that run at the end of the second and the start of the third quarter to cut the lead to single digits everyone on the floor turned it up a notch and we finished off the basketball game,” Oakes said. “We took their best shot and absorbed it.”
One area that Oakes said his team could improve in is foul shots. The team made just 5-of-26 foul shots in the game.
The team’s scorers in the game were Deegan, 10; Emily Wilson, 10; Haley Hoffine, 8; Hernandez, 4; Erin Marx, 4; Erica Wilson, 4; Cassidy Holloway, 2.
Basehor-Linwood’s points came from Johnson who scored 19 points. Madison McDowell scored two points and Bailey Hooker and Amber Garver each scored one point.
Bonner Springs will try to remain perfect when it next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Turner. Basehor-Linwood travels to Mill Valley on Friday, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.