BLHS girls survive, boys cruise in tourney openers
Victoria Smith had more than half her team's points in Monday's Bobcat Invitational quarterfinal, and none were more important than the last two.
Smith hit a game-winning basket with four seconds left as Basehor-Linwood escaped the first round of its home tournament with a 41-39 win against Pembroke Hill (Mo.).
A pair of free throws by Madison McDowell gave BLHS (7-2) a 38-37 led with 56 seconds left, and Amber Garver hit another to make it a two-point game 18 seconds later. Pembroke Hill's Angela Garza tied things up at the other end, and the Bobcats got an opportunity to take the final shot. Alex Gorman got an open look from the left wing, but fed the ball to Smith, who beat her defender down low for the game-winner.
"(Gorman) was supposed to shoot, but they ran at her," said Smith, who led all scorers with 22 points. "Coach said I needed to break down, so I was the second option."
The shot propelled BLHS to its fifth straight win. The Bobcats are undefeated in 2014.
Offense was hard to come by for the duration of the first half, as the teams went into the locker room knotted up at 15 apiece. BLHS opened a nine-point lead midway through the third quarter, but the Raiders cut the deficit to four by the end of the period.
"We got them in foul trouble and thought we could take advantage of it," coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. "We did some things right, but we definitely did some things wrong. We're disappointed with that."
Benton went in front with 6:41 remaining, and the teams jockeyed for rank the rest of the way.
Anya Loboda led Pembroke Hill with 16 points. With the win, BLHS advances to the championship semifinals, where it will face St. Joe Benton (Mo.) at 6 p.m. Thursday in a rematch of last year's third-place game, which Benton won, 50-29. The Cardinals reached the semifinals with a 38-18 win Monday against 2013 tournament champion Holton.
"Come Thursday, we're going to play a really, really good team," Tatkenhorst said. "We didn't have school (Monday) so we were out of our norm, but the biggest thing is we did win. Thursday, we'll be back in our norm, so there's no excuse there."
Score by quarters
Pembroke Hill 5 10 12 12 — 39
Basehor-Linwood 7 8 16 10 — 41
PEMBROKE HILL — Anya Loboda 6-12 2-4 16, Jalynn Ervin 4-6 3-4 12, Angela Garza 1-2 2-2 4, Bella Foote 0-2 3-5 3, Allysa Libson 1-3 0-0 2, Charlotte Hendricks 0-0 2-2 2.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD — Victoria Smith 7-14 8-10 22, Marriah Clayton 3-3 0-0 6, Amber Garver 2-4 1-2 6, Nicole Rutherford 1-3 0-1 2, Courtney Payne 0-0 2-2 2, Madison McDowell 0-4 2-2 2, Ryann Smith 0-1 1-2 1.
BLHS BOYS 79, ST. JOE BENTON 39
Zach McNabb and Chase Younger each scored 20 points as the Bobcat boys rolled by St. Joe Benton in their tournament opener.
Three days removed from its first loss of the new year — a 64-52 set back at Lansing — BLHS (7-2) wasted little time establishing its dominance. The Bobcats controlled the game from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points and taking a 20-7 lead at the end of the opening period.
The advantage grew larger than 20 in the final minutes of the half, and they went into the locker room in front, 40-16. Coach Mike McBride's squad
shot an even 50 percent from the field in the first two quarters.
"We were looking for our shots, and we're still moving the ball around and making extra passes," McBride said. "It looked like we had a little jet lag from Friday night, but we got through it."
Any thoughts of a Cardinal comeback were quickly extinguished when BLHS stretched its lead to 33 midway through the third quarter. Following an unusual series of events midway through the period, in which Benton was called for two technical fouls in 12 seconds, McNabb went to the line for five free throw attempts. He was fouled on a 3-point attempt, and received two more attempts when Benton's Fabian Smith received a technical for arguing with an official. McNabb hit all five shots, and a running clock went into effect for the rest of the game.
Patrick Muldoon joined McNabb and Younger in double figures with 12 points. As a team, the Bobcats went 10-of-19 from beyond the 3-point arc. Younger led the way with four treys and McNabb added three.
"We know where everyone is at and we know what kind of shots we want to take," McNabb said.
Smith led the Cardinals with 18 points.
The Bobcats will take on Class 6A Blue Valley in the semifinals on Thursday. The Tigers defeated Platt County (Mo.) in Monday's other boys quarterfinal game, 62-28.
"It's going to be a good test," McBride said. "You've always got to throw out records when you're in our situation. We just try to find the toughest competition we can find, and Blue Valley is going to give us that."
Thursday's semifinal will begin immediately following the BLHS girls game.
Score by quarters
St. Joe Benton 7 9 19 4 — 39
Basehor-Linwood 20 20 19 20 — 79
ST.JOE BENTON — Fabian Smith 6-18 5-7 18, Saxton Thurston 2-8 1-2 5, Aaron Mapel 2-5 0-0 4, Tre Flowers 2-5 0-0 4, Jackson Beaver 2-6 0-0 4, CJ Reynolds 1-5 0-0 2, Richard Bowen 1-5 0-1 2.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD — Zach McNabb 6-8 5-5 20, Chase Younger 6-16 4-4 20, Patrick Muldoon 6-12 0-0 12, JP Downing 4-7 0-0 9, Tim Sanders 3-5 0-0 6, Joe Gorman 1-1 2-2 5, Jahron McPherson 1-5 0-0 3, Sean Potter 1-1 0-0 2, Carson Fliger 0-1 2-2 2.
Park Hill vs. Ottawa (girls), 3 p.m.
Ottawa vs. Pembroke Hill (boys), 4:30 p.m.
Hayden vs. Platte County (girls), 6 p.m.
Park Hill vs. Hayden (boys), 7:30 p.m.