Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hayden Boys Open Season with Loss to Basehor-Linwood

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hayden Boys Open Season with Loss to Basehor-Linwood

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BASEHOR -- The Basehor-Linwood pressure was too much.

The Bobcats' defensive intensity took Hayden out of what it wanted to do offensively, shutting down the Wildcats in a 64-36 victory on Friday night in Basehor.

"We showed our youth and inexperience," Hayden boys coach Ted Schuler said. "That's probably the easiest way to put it."

Coming in, this was a mismatch when it came to experience.

Basehor-Linwood, last year's state runner-up in Class 4A Division I, started four seniors and one junior. Hayden, meanwhile, countered with a first-game lineup that had two freshmen and a sophomore.

Many times, Hayden had issues even initiating the offensive sets it wanted to run.

"We let them dictate everything," Schuler said. "This will be a great film to watch from a learning perspective for the youth that we have on this team."

Hayden hung in early, taking a 12-10 first-quarter lead on a Jett Canfield jumper before Basehor-Linwood took control.

The Bobcats (2-0) were especially dominant in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 33-12.

"There are a lot of things out there that we can't ever let happen again," Schuler said. "They got every loose ball. They got almost every offensive rebound. They seemed to get their hands on almost every one of our passes or every ball that was out there.

"Those little things just can't happen."

Hayden (0-1) did have some promising moments from its freshmen, as Zach Harvey led the team with 10 points before fouling out while Levi Braun added seven.

Canfield, a sophomore, contributed nine points.

"It's a building thing. We don't want to be great in December. We want to be great in February," Schuler said. "We have a long ways to go to get there, but this team has the capability and the talent to get there."

HAYDEN GIRLS 57, BASEHOR-LINWOOD 22 -- Freshman Preston Reid led Hayden to its first victory, recording 19 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Reid made an immediate impact in her first game for the Wildcats, starting and leading her team in scoring.

Hayden's defense started out impenetrable, as it shut out Basehor- Linwood (0-2) in the first quarter. …

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