The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats kicked the basketball season on in a split on Thursday in home matches against the Eudora Cardinals.

The girls’ team opened the first quarter up with a 20-16 lead over the Cardinals. The two teams went back and forth during the first half with neither team building much of a lead.

The Cardinals entered the locker room at halftime with a 31-30 lead. 

Both teams would trade the lead back and forth in the second half with the Bobcats up 43-37 at the end of the third.

The Cardinals fought back and took the lead late before pulling out the 54-47 win over the Bobcats.

Head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said a key to the game came from a Eudora score when Basehor-Linwood was up 45-42.

“The whole key to the game was 45-42,” he said. 

They had probably five possessions of nothing. We had five possessions of nothing. If we could have gotten one more basket, I think we could have put a lot of doubt in their heads. Instead, they found a way to the free-throw line and made a free-throw and made another big basket.” 

The coach said the team will have a lot of things to fix as the season will progress as some of the young players continue to get more playing time.

After the girls’ game, the boy’s basketball team was next.

The Bobcats opened the first quarter up 18-11 and 33-21 at halftime.

The Bobcats would build the lead close to 20 before the Cardinals started chipping away during the third and early part of the fourth quarter. 

Basehor-Linwood would eventually pull away and close out the game with a 61-44 win.

Despite the win, boy’s head coach Mike McBride said the team did not play well.

“We didn’t play very well,” McBride said. “I know some schools would be happy to win by 17 or whatever it was at the end, but we really had to grind. We knew they would play well, but we just were not in rhythm all night long.”

McBride said the lack of practice the team has had to start the season could have played a factor in the team’s play.

With football making it to sub-state and the snow day Monday, McBride said the team has only had three practices before Thursday’s game. He said he and the team do not want to use it as an excuse. The coach said getting back to “patient Bobcat basketball” will be key to remedy this poor play moving forward.