Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hayden Girls Roll Past Basehor-Linwood in Opener

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hayden Girls Roll Past Basehor-Linwood in Opener

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Hayden's girls basketball team had some trouble with fouls in Friday's season opener against Basehor-Linwood, at both ends of the court.

The Wildcats got themselves in foul trouble in the first half and missed their first five free throw attempts on the way to a lukewarm 13-of-27 showing on the night.

But those two things were little more than an annoyance as the Wildcats played well in all other facets of the game en route to a 74-40 romp at the Bueltel Activity Center.

The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the floor, forced 37 Basehor- Linwood turnovers and got a game-high 23 points from senior Bree Schmidt and 18 points and seven rebounds from junior Jordan Lenherr on the way to the easy win.

"For your first game you never know how it's going to go, but for the most part I was pretty proud of them," Hayden coach Jesica Farmer-Walter said. "They executed a lot of things that we called and they played hard.

"So besides getting in foul trouble and the free throws, we did a lot of good things tonight."

Hayden caused Basehor-Linwood (1-1) fits with its pressure defense and Farmer-Walter said fouls are going to happen when a team plays that kind of defense.

But she also thinks the Wildcats can improve in that area.

"That's a chance that we're going to take with fouls with how aggressive that we play," Farmer-Walter said. "We've just got to learn how to control it a little bit more.

"We're going to get some, but hopefully not as many as we did tonight."

Farmer-Walter also believes the Wildcats' free-throw shooting will improve as the team gets more games under its belt.

"I think there were some first-game jitters and we've just got to keep our cool on those free throws, especially when your legs are tired," Farmer-Walter said.

Hayden put the game out of reach with a 28-12 first quarter and the Wildcats led 44-28 at the half. Hayden then hit Basehor-Linwood with a 19-4 lick in the third quarter to take a commanding 63-32 advantage.

Basehor-Linwood did not have a player crack double figures, with senior Mariah Clayton leading the Bobcats with nine points. …

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