BLHS boys survive, girls fall to Piper at home
The last time Basehor-Linwood and Piper met on the hardwood, the result was arguably the Kaw Valley League's most dramatic game of the season. Tuesday's rematch was seemingly headed to a much less exciting finish, but a late comeback attempt made for even more suspense.
BLHS let a 13-point lead shrink to two with less than a minute left, but a pair of late free throws sealed the deal in a 72-68 win against the Pirates.
The Bobcats (16-3, 11-2 KVL) entered the final period with a 49-41 lead and extended their advantage to 59-46 with less than five minutes remaining. PHS (14-5, 9-4) got hot from beyond the 3-point arc and used a 15-6 run to get within four, but BLHS seemingly killed the comeback threat when it scored the next four.
The Pirates used one more surge to make it 70-68 in the final minute, but Patrick Muldoon hit a pair of free throws with 23.7 seconds left, and neither team scored again.
"I don't think we panicked, but the problem is, I think we might be a little over-confident with the ball," coach Mike McBride said.
McBride's squad needed a buzzer-beater in double overtime to defeat the Pirates in their first meeting on Feb. 10, 100-99.
BLHS never trailed in Tuesday's contest. It led by a single point after one quarter, but opened up an eight-point advantage at the break, 36-28. The Pirates failed to make up any ground until their fourth-quarter surge.
Chase Younger led all scorers with 28 points, including a 14-of-17 effort at the free throw line. Muldoon added 17 and Tim Sanders and JP Downing each had 10. Piper's Luke Long led the Pirates with 15 points, all of which came after halftime.
The Bobcats were without Zach McNabb, who was sidelined with back spasms. McBride said the senior is day-to-day.
The Bobcat win capped off a regular-season sweep of Piper, but the teams could potentially meet again in the finals of next week's Class 4A-1 sub-state tournament. BLHS will be the No. 1 seed in the four-team tournament, which will take place in its own gym. It will face No. 4 Tonganoxie in its opener, while Piper will be the No. 2 seed and face No. 3 Atchison.
If the Bobcats and Pirates are to meet again, McBride said he'd expect yet another tightly-contested matchup.
"We beat them by one and four, so they're going to be very focused coming in," he said. "There's no doubt about that."
Though it won't count toward sub-state seeding, BLHS will wrap up its regular-season schedule with a senior-night matchup Thursday against Mill Valley. The Bobcats won their first meeting with Jaguars on Jan. 14, 63-57.
Score by quarters
Piper 15 13 13 27 — 68
BLHS 16 20 13 23 — 72
PIPER — Luke Long 6-16 2-2 15, Vincent Eskina 5-9 3-6 15, Tyler Owens 4-4 1-3 11, Dominique Jennings 2-2 3-6 7, Brendon Rogers 1-2 2-2 5, CJ Harper 1-2 3-4 5, Colton Beebe 2-4 1-2 5, Khalin Williams 2-7 0-0 5.
BLHS — Chase Younger 6-11 14-17 28, Patrick Muldoon 5-12 7-8 17, Tim Sanders 5-8 0-0 10, JP Downing 3-6 4-4 10, Carson Fliger 2-2 0-0 4, Joe Gorman 0-0 2-2 2, Jahron McPherson 0-0 1-2 1.
Bobcat girls start slow, can't keep up late
The Basehor-Linwood girls trailed by six at the half and couldn't keep up late in a 67-46 loss to the 2013-14 Kaw Valley League champions.
BLHS (13-6, 9-4 KVL) struggled to find offense early on, going just 2-of-13 from the field in the first quarter, but Piper (16-3, 12-1) only managed to open a 14-12 lead at the end of the period. The Bobcats stayed within one until midway through the second, then the Pirates scored six straight to make it 26-19. They maintained a three-score lead for the rest of the half and went into the locker room with a 32-26 advantage.
"They're athletic and they play hard, so we have to deal with that, but we felt like we got some good shots and we missed them" coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. "In the first quarter, we fouled way too much and they made all their free throws, then we stopped fouling and they made all their jumpers."
Piper increased the gap to nine point at the end of the third quarter and took its first double-digit lead with 7:37 left in the fourth. It outscored the Bobcats in the final period, 20-8, and the lead grew to more than 20 in the final minutes.
Piper's Haley White finished with a game-high 20 points. Marriah Clayton paced the Bobcats with 11. She was the only BLHS player to reach double figures.
The Pirates, who clinched an outright league title with the win, will be the top seed in next week's sub-state tournament at BLHS. They'll face No. 4 Tonganoxie, while No. 2 BLHS will play No. 3 Atchison.
The Bobcats will try to end the regular season on a high note Thursday against Mill Valley. They defeated the Jaguars earlier this season, 48-43.
"As a team, I think we're glad we're playing against Thursday," Tatkenhorst said. "We're glad we've got one more to get better and get this bad taste out of our mouths."
Score by quarters
Piper 14 18 15 20 — 67
BLHS 12 14 12 8 — 46
PIPER — Haley White 6-11 6-7 20, Lexsi Owens 6-7 1-2 13, Jessica Wayne 6-12 1-2 13, Maya Morrow 3-4 5-6 11, Megan Woolley 1-10 4-6 6, Carley Zwart 1-7 2-6 4.
BLHS — Marriah Clayton 5-7 1-3 11, Ryann Smith 2-4 3-6 7, Victoria Smith 2-6 2-2 6, Madison McDowell 1-5 3-3 5, Courtney Payne 1-3 3-4 5, Sarah Ford 1-4 2-2 4, Alex Gorman 1-3 0-0 3, Amber Garver 1-6 1-4 3, Chandley Easley 1-3 0-2 2.