Archive for Friday, January 20, 2012

BLHS girls put two straight victories together en route to fifth-place finish

January 20, 2012, 11:34 p.m.

Updated: January 26, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

Basehor-Linwood defeated Platte County 54-25 on Friday with 10 different players scoring at least two points.

The game was the type of performance on offense that coach Noah Simpson has said throughout the season that his team is capable of playing.

Players had arguably their best half of offensive basketball this season in the game.

Bailey Hooker scored eight points for the Bobcats, catching the ball and moving with relative ease into the paint. She finished with nine points.

Cara McCarty scored six points in a half where BLHS appeared comfortable running its new offense that emphasized a lot of cutting and getting good interior looks at the basket.

Possessions looked polished as players made short-range field goals after receiving crisp passes. Players seem to be running the offense from memory, allowing them to relax a little bit more while playing the game.

“Right now, we aren’t thinking about it on offense, we are just putting it up and scoring,” Simpson said.

At intermission, the team’s defense had forced 12 turnovers and it led 28-11.

Basehor-Linwood outscored Platte County 14-10 in the third quarter and then outscored the Pirates 13-4 to open up the lead in the final quarter.

“I think a lot of it has to do with our intensity,” Simpson said. “Instead of five or six girls playing with confidence, we have 11 playing as hard as we can.”

Johnson led the Bobcats with 12 points. Hooker finished with nine points. The team’s other scorers were Cara McCarty, 6; Victoria Smith, 5; Alex Gorman, 6; Samantha Rutherford, 2; Sarah Ford, 3; Maggie Hattock, 7; Kara Stephens, 3; Naqari Harris, 2.

On defense, Basehor-Linwood shut down the Pirates offense. The team did not have a player point in double figures.

Kirsten Clemens and Gabby Robinson each had six points in the game.

After the first round loss to St. Joe Benton, Simpson said it is nice to finish with two wins and a fifth-place finish.

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