Follow live: 2013 Basehor-Linwood Invitational basketball tournament (UPDATED)
(Updated, 7:24 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15) Basehor-Linwood senior Jamie Johnson hit four three-pointers to lead the Bobcats to a 43-29 victory against Ottawa in the first round of the BLHS Invitational on Tuesday.
The Bobcats (5-3, 3-3 in the KVL) overcame an 8-1 deficit with an 11-0 run to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Johnson scored a game-high 14 points to lead BLHS and was one of three Bobcats to hit shots from behind the arc — the Bobcats hit seven three-pointers on the night.
Junior Amber Garver added 10 points and Alex Gorman scored six.
The Bobcats went into the fourth quarter with a 14-point lead before Ottawa went on an 8-0 lead. But Johnson and Garver helped bring BLHS out of its slump and outscore the Cyclones, 8-2 to close out the game.
The Bobcats move on to play No. 1 seed Holton at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The BLHS boys basketball team will play Hayden at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned to basehorinfo.com for more.
In a previous bracket, the Thursday girls semifinal was scheduled for 3 p.m., but will actually take place at 6 p.m.
(Updated, 9:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14) Basehor-Linwood junior Chase Younger scored 28 points and senior Ben Johnson added 13 to lead the Bobcats past St. Joe Benton, 63-51, on Monday in the first round of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational.
The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Bobcats (5-3, 4-2 in the Kaw Valley League) and sets up a rematch of the 2012 sub-state final with Hayden in the second round at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Freshman Jahron McPherson, who finished with eight points, scored two first-half baskets off of steals as the Bobcats went on a 9-0 run to create separation from the Cardinals.
The Bobcats entered halftime up 30-16 and led by 13 at the end of the third quarter but struggled to put away the Cardinals late in the game. St. Joe Benton went on a 6-0 run to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 49-43 before Younger stopped the run and BLHS closed the game with a 14-7 run of its own.
Johnson was again called for a pair of lane violations on free throw attempts, but still went 10 of 12 from the line. Younger went 7 of 11 from the line and hit the Bobcats’ only three-pointer before halftime. The duo provided the bulk of the Bobcats’ offense in the second half, scoring a combined 18 of BLHS’ 22 fourth-quarter points.
Thursday’s game against Hayden will be the first of at least two meetings this season: what was originally scheduled to be the teams’ first meeting last month was postponed to Jan. 26 because of inclement weather.
Tune in all week for live coverage of the 2013 Basehor-Linwood Invitational basketball tournament, which promises to feature several intriguing matchups and one of the state's top high school basketball players.
The Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team (4-3, 4-2 in the Kaw Valley League) begin play at 7:30 p.m. Monday against St. Joe Benton. Follow along with a live broadcast courtesy of 810 Varsity.
The BLHS girls (4-3, 3-3 in the KVL) will try to win their second straight when they open tournament play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Ottawa.
Meanwhile, spend some time taking a look at the following links:
• Ottawa's Semi Ojeleye will return to the BLHS Invitational, leading the 10-0 Cyclones against Platte County at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Ojeleye, whose Cyclones lost 56-52 to BLHS in the March 2012 Class 4A boys state title game, is posting gaudy stats in his final prep season. He'll play at Duke University upon graduation. Read more about him in this profile by the Lawrence Journal-World's Benton Smith.
• After Friday's 59-41 loss at Lansing, BLHS boys basketball coach Mike McBride said the Bobcats had hit "rock bottom" and "have 13 games to get things fixed."
• Also on Friday, the BLHS girls overcame a slow start to put away the Lions, 56-35. Leading the way was Victoria Smith (17 points) and Jamie Johnson (10 points).
• Blast from (not so distant past): It was one year ago at the BLHS Invitational that both Ryan and Colin Murphy reached the 1,000 career points milestone. Relive the moment with this Jan. 2012 Sentinel column.