Jamie Johnson scores 32 in BLHS girls’ 61-58 O.T. loss to Piper
The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team continued its skid on Friday, dropping its sixth consecutive game, this time at the hands of Piper in a 61-58 overtime thriller.
Senior Jamie Johnson was determined not to lose on courtwarming night. However, her 32-point effort wasn’t enough.
Head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said she was pumped up after the game.
“Great game by her,” Tatkenhorst said. “Big shot after big shot, getting it done.”
She sank six three-pointers, including a big one with 1:48 left in the fourth that would help send the game to overtime.
BLHS (5-10, 3-5 KVL) was plagued by 26 turnovers, which helped lead to its demise on Friday.
“We really feel like those turnovers cost us,” Tatkenhorst said. “If we took care of the ball, it wouldn’t have come down to (a game winning shot).”
The third quarter was a microcosm of the entire game. BLHS started the quarter on a 7-0 run, but Piper countered with a 12-0 run of its own, which included five straight BLHS possessions with turnovers.
BLHS took a 16-8 lead and looked like it was going to extend it in the second quarter, pushing its lead to double digits.
“We weren’t turning the ball over. We were getting good shots. Being unselfish,” Tatkenhorst said. “We had a stretch where we allowed Piper to get good shots because of our turnovers or we sent them to the foul line and they got to creep back into the game.”
Poor rebounding and turnovers allowed Piper to crawl back in and only trail by four at halftime.
Tatkenhorst called the second half a “nail-biter.” He said thought the game was won by hustle. Piper won loose balls and they not only grabbed rebounds, but offensive ones.
“Rarely did they make their first basket in the possession, but they got second and third chances and that really just hurt us,” he said. “The more chances you give them, the more chances we’re going to commit a foul, which definitely happened — we were in foul trouble — and the more chances that they’re going to score. That’s really the ballgame.”
Amber Garver scored 12 points, Samantha Rutherford, who was named courtwarming queen, scored four and Marriah Clayton added three off the bench.
Offensive threat Victoria Smith was quiet Friday night because of foul trouble. She scored only two points, which came with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
Piper was in foul trouble too, especially at the post position.
“We were trying to keep (Smith) on the court at that time and really go to work, but it really didn’t work out,” Tatkenhorst said.
The Bobcats have seven games left to turn things around. One thing they can work on is patience. The last shot they had in regulation was evident of that. There was about 45 seconds left and Clayton took a sped-up runner from just inside the three-point line that really had no chance of going in.
“That’s something we have to continue to work on as a team is knowing the situation,” Tatkenhorst said. “If we can be patient, then be patient.”
They play Tonganoxie on Tuesday and Bonner Springs on Friday.
“I’ll be thinking about how I can be a better coach over the weekend,” Tatkenhorst said. “Hopefully they’re going to think about how to be a better player.”