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BLHS senior basketball players depart home court as winners

February 19, 2013

The Basehor-Linwood basketball teams honored four athletes prior to their final home games of the season against Turner on Friday.

The athletes provided leadership and set examples for future athletes in addition to immeasurable amounts of hard work and commitment.

As the four Bobcat seniors stepped on the home hardwood for the final time last weekend, their teammates did right by them as both teams were victorious in convincing fashion.

In girls' action, Basehor-Linwood rolled to a 62-35 win as the home crowd said goodbye to the senior trio of Jamie Johnson, Samantha Rutherford and Kara Stephens.

"It was a great way to send our seniors out," BLHS coach Jason Tatkenhorst said.

Not only was it a big win, but Johnson, who's led the team in scoring this season, set a new school record for three-pointers made in a season with her 40th.

"These girls have all been important players," Tatkenhorst said. "One thing about these girls is they have all been committed. They never missed a summer workout in their four years which speaks to that commitment."

This season, Tatkenhorst's first leading the Bobcats, Johnson, Rutherford and Stephens have stepped into leadership roles.

"As our captains this year they demanded the best out of themselves and their teammates," Tatkenhorst said. "With a new coach and learning a new system it can be tough, but the girls have been open and coachable."

For the Basehor-Linwood boys, Matt Ogilvie was honored as the only senior on the roster prior to the Bobcats' 65-48 win.

"Matt has had to work extremely hard to get where he is at," BLHS coach Mike McBride said. "As a freshman he wasn't the most physically gifted, but he just kept working to get better and earned a starting spot as a senior. You have to give him a lot of credit for his perseverance. He didn't quit when he could have."

Ogilive's actions are the way in which he has been able to lead.

"Matt's been able to lead by example," McBride said. "It's a way for younger players to see that you shouldn't sell yourself short. You don't know how much you're going to grow or how much better you can get. If you keep working good things can happen."

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