Archive for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Basehor-Linwood girls fall in BLHS Invitational third-place game

January 23, 2013

While she’s vocal on the court, senior Jamie Johnson didn’t have much to say off it once she emerged from the locker room after the Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team failed to place in the top three at the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday.

The Bobcats suffered the tough loss in front of the home crowd, falling 50-29 to St. Joe Benton.

“We did really well … it just wasn’t all there and our shots weren’t falling,” Johnson said. “The team was good. They were really good.”

And she left it at that.

Johnson, who earned all-tournament team honors, put in plenty of minutes against the Cardinals but fell short offensively after aggravating an elbow injury she suffered last season.

“I just got done talking to her and told her she is going to get that elbow healthier and going to be scoring in the double digits,” BLHS coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. “Under the circumstances, though, she played well.”

Junior Alex Gorman led the Bobcats with seven points. Sophomore Madison McDowell added six points, all from behind the arc, and both Johnson and junior Victoria Smith contributed five points apiece. Smith also had two blocks and senior Kara Stephens had five steals. The Bobcats had an answer for almost every Cardinal bucket in the first half, trading the lead several times, but St. Joe Benton rarely missed a shot and outrebounded the Bobcats, 33-23.

Tied at the end of the first quarter, McDowell came up big and sunk back-to-back three pointers to give the Bobcats the lead with 5:03 left in the first half. BLHS stepped up once more with 1:50 left in the second quarter to take the lead, 15-13. It would be the last time the Cardinals would trail for the rest of the game. St. Joe Benton opened the second half with a three-pointer to make it 21-13 and the Bobcats never quite recovered, scoring only four points in the third quarter and 16 the rest of the game.

The Bobcats (5-6, 3-3 in the Kaw Valley League) opened the tournament with a 43-29 win against Ottawa High School Tuesday, then lost to top-seeded Holton, 51-24, on Thursday.

“I told the girls we are supposed to be mad in the locker room because we lost the game on the scoreboard,” Tatkenhorst said. “But overall, though, we saw improvement.”

In his first year as head coach, Tatkenhorst said it’s been a roller coaster of a season but the ride is getting better — especially considering that the Bobcats committed fewer turnovers than the Cardinals (18-19) in defeat.

With the season hitting the halfway point, Tatkenhorst said progression is what he wants to see right now, as the competition only gets harder. A pair of road trips at De Soto on Friday and Hayden on Saturday will hopefully give his team some motivation this week in practice, he said.

“If we continue getting better, making those shots and making those free throws, the games will get a lot easier and we will get more wins,” he said.

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