The Leavenworth Pioneers hosted the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats on Tuesday night for a United Kansas Conference matchup.
The Pioneers jumped out first in the girls’ game leading 9-3 with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter and 14-5 by the end of the quarter.
The Pioneers continued strong play into the second to go up 26-9 at halftime.
The Bobcats adjusted to start the second half and cut the lead to 10 midway through the third. Basehor-Linwood would add four more points to make it 30-26 with 1:54 remaining in the quarter before Leavenworth extended the lead to 34-29 at the end of the third. The Bobcats kept chipping away in the fourth as they outscored the Pioneers 8-3 to tie the game 37-37 at the end of regulation.
After both teams struggled to make a basket in the final minutes of regulation, Alyche Brown scored the first basket in overtime before Sami Fisher hit a three for Basehor-Linwood to give them their first lead of the game 40-39. Leavenworth would regain the lead and pull out the 47-42 overtime win.
The Pioneers were led in scoring by Aleshia Jones with 15 points. Brown scored 12. MicQuasha Riddle and McKenzie Brown each scored eight.
The Bobcats were led by Riley Tinder with 12 points. Addison Penegar and Isabel Sibert added nine each. Adell Gore scored seven.
Bobcats head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said the Bobcats will be able to pick up a lot of positives from the game despite the loss.
“I know we didn’t quite get it done,” Tatkenhorst said. “But I think the girls believe in themselves a little more that we are a good team and we can beat anybody. That was a heck of an effort and I couldn’t be more proud.”
The boys’ team at Leavenworth looked to follow suit taking an early lead in the game and leading 11-6 after the first quarter and up 20-16 at halftime.
Like the girls’ game, the Bobcats offense started to find rhythm and Basehor-Linwood took the lead.
The Bobcats led 31-26 entering the fourth and 38-30 with 5:46 remaining before the Pioneers would cut the lead to three with 3:06 remaining. The Bobcats regained a comfortable lead and never looked back in route to the 56-43 win.
Pioneers head coach Prentes Potts says the team needs to play more consistent as the grind of February continues.
“Right now we are not consistent with some of the things we do,” Potts said. “First half we played amazing defensively. We stuck to the scout, stayed in his pocket and contested shots. I think they were 1-for-12 or 1-for-13 in the first half. After that, shooters eventually when they start getting looks are going to take shots.”
Potts said the team still played hard but getting consistent with things will help.
Jacob Coleman led the Bobcats with 20 points. Connor Younger and Kobe Sifford each scored 12. Reece Williams led the Pioneers with 15 and Jarrett Hensley had nine.
Basehor-Linwood hosts Lansing on Friday. Leavenworth will host Turner.