Friday wrapped up the regular season in high school basketball with all four area schools in action.
The Leavenworth Pioneers traveled to Basehor-Linwood High School for a United Kansas Conference clash.
In the girls’ game, the Pioneers came out on top 66-55 to finish undefeated in UKC play during the season.
Leavenworth jumped out first up 9-6 midway through the first. The lead was cut to two at the end of the first quarter when Addison Penegar hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 15-13.
The Bobcats would take the lead early in the second quarter before the two teams were tied at halftime 27-27.
Leavenworth started to build a lead in the second half as Basehor-Linwood kept trying to claw back in.
It was not enough in the end for the Bobcats and the Pioneers prevailed66-55. Aleshia Jones led the Pioneers with 21 points. Alyche Brown scored 17 and McKenzie Brown added 13. Basehor-Linwood was led by Isabel Sibert’s 18 points. Riley Tinder added 14. Adell Gore and Lucy Lally each added nine.
Leavenworth head coach Derek Bissitt said it was a physical game and exactly what the team needed at the end of the regular season.
“That’s what you need at this time of year,” Bissitt said. “You don’t need a blowout. You need tough games in touch environments.”
Bobcats head coach Jason Tatkenhorst credited Leavenworth for their undefeated conference season and also talked about how it was like a championship-like environment. The coach also talked about how it was the first time in about a month that he had the full rotation will players returning from injury.
In the boys’ game, Leavenworth jumped out first before the Bobcats settled and started hitting 3-pointers. Basehor-Linwood led 21-15 after one quarter of play.
The Bobcats built the lead up in the second quarter going up 34-26 with four minutes to play, but a strong final four minutes of the second quarter by the Pioneers made the score 38-34 at the break.
Mirroring the girls’ game, one team would build a lead and the other would claw back in, but it was the Bobcats who would build the lead and Pioneers who fought back keeping the Bobcats lead consistently between six and seven points. The Bobcats would hold on and win 63-57 and claim the United Kansas Conference title. Jacob Coleman led the Bobcats with 26 points. Connor Younger scored 16 and Nolan Ford had nine. Leavenworth was led by Jarrett Hensley’s 20 points. Reece Williams scored 12 and D’Monte Gaw had 11.
Bobcats head coach Mike McBride credited the talent of the Pioneers in the game. He also said the team will need to work on free throws before sub-state next week.
Leavenworth head coach Prentes Potts said he was pleased with the team playing well against a ranked 5A team. While there are still things to work on, he said the effort and getting the 50-50 balls are positives the team can take going into sub-state.
The Leavenworth girls will host Shawnee Mission West at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The boys will travel to Olathe East Wednesday. Basehor-Linwood girls will travel to Sumner Academy on Wednesday and the boys will host the winner of Tuesday’s play-in game between Turner and Sumner on Thursday.