Piper ends stalemate, eliminates BLHS girls from sub-state play
Kansas City, Kan. An early offensive struggle created an opportunity and it was the Piper girls who took it and turned it into 50-32 win over Basehor-Linwood in last week’s sub-state opener.
Just seven combined points were scored through the first eight minutes, with the Bobcats taking a 4-3 lead into the second quarter.
To start the second quarter it looked like BLHS (7-13) would be the team to seize the momentum as they built a 12-6 lead by the 3:30 mark, but that's when the Pirates started to get it going.
A three-pointer by Megan Woolley, and another Pirate field goal tied it at 12-12 with little more than two minutes left in the half. Piper finished the half with five unanswered points to take a 17-12 halftime lead.
Piper continued its tear in the second half. The Bobcats tried to stay in the game and were within two possessions with 3:19 in the quarter, but the Pirates answered with a 5-0 burst and forced a BLHS timeout with less than two to play in the third. The Pirates ended the quarter on a 7-2 run to go up, 34-20.
"When they got the momentum we just couldn't get it back," BLHS coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. "With the game starting slow, if one team made a run they could have really grabbed the momentum. Unfortunately we weren't able to do that. We had a similar game plan to the last time we played them, we didn't rebound very well last game so we wanted to rebound better, but we just didn't shoot very well tonight."
Early in the fourth quarter, the Pirates pushed their lead to 16 (42-26) and would lead by as many as 20 points in the final eight minutes as they capped the win with 16 points in the quarter.
Senior Jamie Johnson was the only Bobcat player to reach double-digits in scoring with 12 points in her final game as a Bobcat. Also capping their careers were seniors Samantha Rutherford and Kara Stephens. Rutherford scored seven and Stephens had one point in the loss.
"I wish we would have had more wins for the seniors this season," Tatkenhorst said. "They really deserved that, they worked hard and did everything we asked of them.
Tatkenhorst added that he thought the Bobcats made significant progress this season.
"I think we progressed and got more comfortable in the system as the season went on," he said. "We have some good young girls in the program, whether it be on varsity or from junior varsity, and I think they will do some good things in the future."