Basehor-Linwood 62, Tonganoxie 30
Basehor — Tonganoxie High boys basketball coach Shawn Phillips knew his team wouldn’t be able to match Basehor-Linwood’s size in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
What Phillips didn’t know was that the Bobcats would outmatch the Chieftains in intensity, too.
BLHS pounded Tonganoxie inside with 6-foot-6 twins Colin and Ryan Murphy and rolled to a victory.
While THS (0-1) couldn’t stop the Bobcats from scoring at the rim, Tonganoxie’s offense struggled, too. The Chieftains already trailed, 9-0, before junior center Dane Erickson scored their first basket and Basehor-Linwood (1-0) just answered with a 7-0 run.
By halftime, the road team trailed, 39-12. Phillips said his team was outworked and outplayed by the Bobcats.
“Early on, they just came out with more energy than what we did to start with,” Phillips said. “They got every rebound, they were very physical with us and we didn’t match that intensity level. They got easy buckets — if they didn’t score they got a rebound and put it back in.”
Erickson scored 16 points and secured 11 rebounds, but the only other Tonganoxie player near double figures was senior point guard Jeremy Carlisle, who finished with nine points. The rest of the team combined to hit one field goal (a first-quarter three by Austin Vickers) and score five points.
The Chieftains are idle until a 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 home date with Bishop Ward.
Basehor-Linwood 31, Tonganoxie 28
Basehor — Basehor-Linwood (2-0) held Tonganoxie (0-1) scoreless in the first 5:34 of the fourth quarter and held on for a narrow victory.
Jenny Whitledge led the Chieftains with 15 points and five rebounds.
Eudora 36, Anderson County 31
Eudora — Junior Victoria Lehmann had nine points and 10 rebounds, and Eudora (1-0) rallied against Anderson County (0-1).
Madison Maring added three points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (1-0), which will face K.C. Piper on Monday in the Eudora Invitational.