BLHS girls enter home tournament on winning note
Lansing The Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team used a potent combination of offense and defense in the second half to pull away from Lansing in its 56-35 victory.
The Bobcats held the Lions to just four points in the third quarter while exploding for 22 in the fourth.
Once again, BLHS looked stagnant to start the game, which allowed Lansing stay in the game as the Bobcats took a four-point lead into halftime.
BLHS coach Jason Tatkenhorst thinks that Tuesday’s game against Mill Valley had an effect on Friday’s game.
“You’re not just going to come out and play perfect,” Tatkenhorst said. “We’re still going to have to fight through a lot of things and I thought that was what the first half was all about us: still fighting ourselves a little bit.”
He said BLHS has been struggling on offense and that it’s been affecting the defense. He doesn’t like that because the defense has been consistent every possession this season.
When something good would happen such as a defensive stop or executing on offense and had a chance to score, they would either miss the shot or miss free throws. He said the girls knew they were doing good things thought.
Things started clicking in the second half for Victoria Smith and Jamie Johnson, who finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Johnson’s shot wasn’t falling until the fourth quarter, but Tatkenhorst praised the rest of her game.
“Everybody is going to have a shooting night like that,” he said. “But what I was proud of her is she stepped up her game and did other things. She realized it wasn’t her night shooting the three. In the second half she gets the ball to Victoria. She gets a steal. She finally gets to the line — that’s what we were trying to do in the first half.”
Smith scored the first six points in the second half to break a first-half slump, while Johnson scored nine of her points in the fourth.
The defense was stellar all night, forcing 34 Lansing turnovers, but rarely did BLHS convert those turnovers to points.
“We’re going to be really good and feel like where we want to be when we start taking advantage of those turnovers,” Tatkenhorst said. “We’re staring at them with five fouls and turnovers and we have one point. It’s frustrating, but it’s got to be coming fast about people relaxing on the court.”
BLHS couldn’t take advantage of Lansing’s foul trouble after the Lions committed eight fouls in less than four minutes to start the game. He said that four-minute stretch changed the dynamic of the entire game, which he said made for a long game.
Tatkenhorst wants to see his team shoot a higher percentage from the field and getting to the free throw line and knocking those down. He said when that happens, he thinks the Bobcats can play in the upper division of their league.
Amber Garver and Alex Gorman scored seven points each. Madison McDowell added five points, Courtney Payne had four.
Tatkenhorst said his team needed to turn it around tonight or he feared it could lose all three games in the Bobcats’ home tournament.
“If we didn’t turn it around tonight, we have three games next week that might lead into the tournament of us playing bad basketball,” he said. “Hopefully that word contagious turns us around and people forget about themselves.”