Bonner Springs girls hold off Bobcats, 45-30

February 8, 2013, 11:30 p.m. Updated: 11 February 2013, 11:42 a.m.

If the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team could bottle up its third quarter against Bonner Springs on Friday, it might change the outlook of its current eight-game losing streak.

The Braves ended up winning 45-30, a reminder that there are four quarters in basketball. But Bobcats coach Jason Tatkenhorst took the best eight minutes, the ones where his team outscored the Braves, 10-5, as a sign of good things to come. The challenge is to make it all count as the regular season winds down.

"That's our job," Tatkenhorst said. "You go home at night and figure out any which way to keep the girls motivated. But by no means should anybody in the stands think that our team quit tonight."

Bonner Springs coach Clay Oakes' only critique of his team Friday was that third quarter. The Braves have been great at putting themselves in position to put a team away, but they didn't act on it after a 26-12 halftime lead.

The team started losing possessions and feeding into Basehor-Linwood's run. The constant fouling didn't help either.

"At that time, we're putting them on the line and no clock is running," Oakes said. "We were extending the game for them."

Ultimately, around halfway through the fourth quarter, the comeback exhausted the Bobcats and the Braves reverted back to looking like a 15-win team.

Basehor-Linwood junior Amber Garver led all scorers with 11 points and senior Jamie Johnson had eight for the Bobcats.

For Bonner Springs, sophomore Kaleigh Taylor led the team with 10 points, senior Anna Deegan had nine and senior Haley Hoffine added seven.

There are four games left until the post-season starts and Tatkenhorst said the Bobcats (5-12, 3-7) will try to build as much as possible heading into the tournament, daunting as that may be. All the Bobcats need now is confidence.

"Then," Tatkenhorst said, "hopefully, we feel like we have a chance to go take on a number one seed in sub-state like Bonner Springs."

Basehor-Linwood plays host to Lansing on Tuesday in what Tatkenhorst said is a crucial stretch for his team.

The Braves have a significant game coming up as well. With a Mill Valley rematch looming, Bonner Springs (15-2, 10-1) didn't want to look past Basehor-Linwood. For the most part, the Braves looked good on Friday except for one quarter, but they will be more than motivated to get another crack at the Jaguars. It was far and away their worst game of the season, last month’s 47-21 defeat. 

"When we played them the first time," Oakes said, "that wasn't us who was on the floor that night."

Tuesday's game will be at Mill Valley with tip-off at 5:45 p.m.

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