Bobcat girls get defensive in win vs. THS
When the Basehor-Linwood girls welcomed Turner to town on Tuesday, they went into the locker room at halftime shooting just shy of 25 percent from the field. Fortunately, they made up for their offensive woes on the defensive side of the floor. And then some.
BLHS allowed just two points after the first quarter in a 54-16 victory against the Bears in its 2014 opener.
Both teams struggled to gain momentum in the early going, as they found themselves in a 9-9 stalemate midway through the first quarter. However, the Bobcats (3-2, 2-1 Kaw Valley League) closed out the period on a 10-5 run to take a 19-14 lead.
Turner (0-3, 0-3) hit its first four shot attempts and went 6-of-7 in the first quarter, but didn't hit another shot until the final minutes of the fourth. Despite a poor first-half shooting performance by BLHS, it opened up a 15-point lead by intermission, 29-14.
"We weren't feeling very good about ourselves at halftime because we missed so many shots," coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. "If we're going to be the team we want to be, we need to hit a few more free throws, jump shots and shots in the paint. In the first half, we really did not do that."
Tatkenhorst's squad started to find an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, extending its lead to 28 with 1:06 left in the period. A pair of free throws by Sarah Ford made it 44-14 less than 40 seconds later, and a running clock went into effect for the remainder of the game.
The Bears finally ended their scoring drought on a breakaway layup by Marissa Nevarez with 2:33 left in the final period. As a team, Turner was just 1-of-16 in the final three quarters. The Bears never went to the free throw line.
Victoria Smith was the only Bobcat to reach double figures with 13 points — 11 of which came in the first quarter. The lopsided score allowed Tatkenhorst to play several reserves after the break, and 12 players scored in the contest.
"We didn't just sit there and watch the clock wind down. I felt like everybody felt better about themselves when they came in after the game."
Nevarez led Turner with eight points.
The Bobcats will soon have several opportunities to make a larger dent in the KVL standings. They'll welcome rival Tonganoxie to town on Friday for a 5:45 p.m. game, then travel next week to Mill Valley and Lansing.
"It's good to play at home after a long layoff," Tatkenhorst said. "You never know how games are going to go, but we got our game in. Now, it's one game at a time and we've got to decide if we want to be part of this race or not."
Score by quarters
Turner 14 0 0 2 — 16
Basehor-Linwood 19 10 15 10 — 54
TURNER — Marissa Nevarez 3-10 0-0 8, Alissia Nevarez 2-2 0-0 4, Lauren Frank 1-1 0-0 2, Lexis Edwards 1-2 0-0 2.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD — Victoria Smith 5-13 3-5 13, Amber Garver 3-9 1-2 7, Sarah Ford 1-8 3-3 5, Zoey DeLeon 2-3 1-1 5, Quinn Walcott 1-1 1-2 4, Marriah Clayton 1-6 2-2 4, Madison McDowell 2-7 0-0 4, Courtney Payne 1-3 2-4 4, Chandley Easley 1-1 1-1 3, Alex Gorman 0-3 2-4 2, Ryann Smith 1-2 0-1 2, Jenna Mussett 0-1 1-4 1.