Bobcats host with chances for state spots

On Thursday, the Basehor-Linwood basketball sub-state tournament for both the boys’ and girls’ fields tips off with the latter getting set on their journey toward a Class 4A-I state appearance.

The boys will begin play Friday with both sub-state finals scheduled for Saturday at BLHS.

The Bobcat girls (10-10) enter the fray as the No. 2 seed and will host No. 3 Atchison (8-12) at 7:30 p.m.

The girls’ sub-state final, which will feature the winner of that game and either No. 1 Kansas City Piper (19-0) or No. 4 Tonganoxie (6-14), is scheduled for 6 p.m.

“Atchison will be a tough matchup,” BLHS head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said. “They will present problems that we will have to overcome. We are looking forward to the matchup.

“No team in this area was able to draw up exactly what they wanted with the way the weather and postponements were last week with practices and games. We are excited for the practice time leading up to the big games at the end of this week.”

BLHS is a scrappy team full of tough girls who don’t give up until the final buzzer and that will be needed if they hope to get past their bogey team – Piper.

“Piper's record is the big news in our sub-state,” Tatkenhorst said. “We hope to get another opportunity, but first we have to get by a quality Atchison team.”

The Basehor boys (15-5) are their field’s No. 1 team and will start things off Friday at 7:30 p.m. against No. 4 Atchison (2-18) while No. 2 Piper (13-6) will do battle with No. 3 Tonganoxie (5-15).

The final is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bobcat head coach Michael McBride admitted he hadn’t gotten much information on Atchison early in the week, but as his young team continues to improve on the court, his focus will likely be more on his own team than anything else.

“We have been playing some of our best basketball as of late,” McBride said. “The  kids really seem to be engaged and ready for the challenge.    

“As always, Piper is going to be tough. They are a super athletic team that gives us problems.”