Defense shines as BLHS girls win at Tonganoxie
The first time the Basehor-Linwood girls played Tonganoxie this season, the Lady Bobcats had their best shooting night of the season in the blowout victory.
The hot shooting wasn't there on Friday, but they did everything else to get a much-needed road victory, defeating the Lady Chieftains 32-19 to stop a three-game losing streak.
“It wasn’t a fancy win, but in our situation, we needed a win, and getting a win on an opponent’s home court is a big deal,” Basehor-Linwood coach Jason Tatkenhorst said.
The first time the teams met, Basehor-Linwood made eight 3-pointers on the way to a 56-28 victory. On Friday, Tonganoxie stepped up its defense, holding the Lady Bobcats without a single make from beyond the arc.
Tonganoxie pulled ahead briefly, 15-14, with 3:52 left in the third quarter, but Basehor-Linwood (5-12 overall, 4-6 in Kaw Valley League play) responded with three Madison McDowell baskets that gave them the lead for good.
Defense and free-throw shooting took over from there. Basehor-Linwood made 10 of 17 free throws in the final quarter and held Tonganoxie to four points in the final 11:52 of the game.
In addition to the lack of 3-pointers, Basehor-Linwood struggled at the charity stripe, missing all seven free-throw attempts in the first half. But the Lady Bobcats stayed with it, grinding their way to a 12-10 halftime lead.
Marriah Clayton led the defensive effort, harassing Tonganoxie into several second-half turnovers that helped Basehor-Linwood extend its lead.
“I thought the entire game, except when we put them on the free-throw line, they never got anything easy,” Tatkenhorst said. “It was great defense.”
Clayton and McDowell led Basehor-Linwood with eight points each, and McDowell added a team-high six rebounds. Chandley Easley scored six points.
Sarah Ahart led Tonganoxie with 11 points.
The Lady Bobcats play host to Bishop Ward on Tuesday and travel to Lansing on Friday.