Rams' girls now one win from state

It was one part explosive, two parts so-so and one part ‘Oh, that’s better’ and it all added up to Basehor-Linwood boys’ basketball heading to another sub-state championship game.

On Friday night, the host Bobcats and sub-state No. 1 seed, blew out to a 9-0 lead early, struggled for the rest of the first half and then set the wheels in motion for a 60-25 semifinal win over No. 4 Atchison.

Jacob Coleman scored 20 points and Kobe Sifford added 10 points for BLHS, which now hosts No. 2 Kansas City Piper at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the title game and a shot at a Class 4A-I state tournament playoff spot in Salina next weekend.

Piper won, also in choppy fashion over No. 3 Tonganoxie, earlier in the evening.

“If you look at Piper and us, it’s hard not to look ahead in these types of games,” BLHS head coach Michael McBride said. “It’s waiting to unleash whatever it is you have to to win tomorrow night. I think both teams looked lethargic and uninterested. It’s because we know (Saturday) night is where it’s going to be.

“We are playing together and our vibe as far as backing each other up is really good. We are really good basketball players, we just need to see if we can keep up with (Piper).”

BLHS (16-5) led 19-4 after the first quarter and then saw themselves flatline a bit, playing to an even eight minutes against an Atchison team that came into the game with only two wins all year.

They settled for a 27-12 halftime edge, before things got real.

“We came out a little juiced up and too excited and in the second quarter we slowed down,” junior Bobcat Nolan Ford said. “We were up 9-0 and we kind of paced ourselves, thinking we were going to get the win. It wasn’t pretty.”

“We came out in the second half focused. Coach got on to us a little bit at half and got us ready for the game. (For Piper) we have to hit free throws and we have to come out focused. We have to start a little mellower, work our way in and be confident.”

The Bobcats went on a superiority bender and rolled out to a 52-19 win after the third quarter had wrapped and the mercy clock was initiated for the final eight minutes of play.

Rams’ girls one win away

Pleasant Ridge’s girls’ basketball team is one win from the Class 3A state tournament.

Friday night, the No. 3 Rams (14-8) beat No. 2 Maur Hill-Mount Academy, 45-35 to advance to Saturday’s 6 p.m. final at Horton against No. 1 Nemaha Central.

Julie Miller (14 points), Caitlyn Herbig (nine points) and Lindsey Heim (eight points) led the Rams in the win.

“It was a total team effort tonight,” Pleasant Ridge head coach Mike Koontz said. “Our defense was amazing and we did just enough offensively to win. I can’t say enough how much fight these girls have. They continue to amaze me night in and night out. We did a great job of pounding the ball inside to Julie again. She did a great job of finishing. It was a fun ball game to watch.”