BLHS girls fall in opening round of Bobcat Classic
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Coach Noah Simpson has an idea of what he will see while watching film of Monday’s loss to St. Joe Benton—a lot of missed field goals.
“If you go back and watch the film, I bet we missed eight to 10 shots from within six feet from the goal and I would hate to see the free throw percentage.”
The missed shots were the difference in the basketball game.
St. Joe Benton defeated Basehor-Linwood 44-31 on Monday night in the opening round of the Bobcat Classic.
Jamie Johnson scored 18 points in the loss to lead the Bobcats on a night when the offense struggled to score points, making its first field goal with five minutes left in the second quarter.
“The thing is we got the shots we wanted to inside, low in the paint,” Simpson said. “Players are just stressing too much trying to make it happen. They just need to relax and it will work itself out. We have played three great teams in back-to-back games. I thought all three games taught us a lot.”
St. Joe Benton outscored Basehor-Linwood in the first three quarters of play and led 31-19 entering the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter, Basehor-Linwood outscored St. Joe Benton 12-11 for its best quarter of the game.
Coach Noah Simpson said his team did a lot of things well, but struggled shooting the basketball.
“It was a tough loss, but you can take a lot away from it,” he said. “We knew they would be good and they are double our enrollment. But we fought all the way through it.”
He said that shooting is something that will come eventually as players take more shots.
In addition to Johnson’s play, Bailey Hooker scored four points. Sarah Ford and Alex Gorman each scored three points and Sam Rutherford and Kara Stephens each scored three points.
Savannah Domann and Lauryn Doolan led St. Joe-Benton with five points.
With the loss, Basehor-Linwood now advances to play at 6 p.m. Wednesday against the loser of a game between Ottawa and Fort Scott High Schools. The game will be played on Tuesday.