Wildcats show some heart in season’s final game
The DeSoto High School boys basketball team showed some heart against Kaw Valley League champion Piper Monday night.
The Wildcats gave Piper a definite scare on the road before losing 49-41 in the first round of the Kansas 4A Sub-state Tournament.
The Wildcats, who lost to the Pirates 63-20 and 79-39 earlier in the season, decided they wanted to fight for their basketball lives on Monday Night. A balanced offense including junior Matt Holton, 10 points, junior Tad Twidwell, 10 points, and sophomore Greg Francis, 9 points, kept DeSoto within range of the talented Pirates.
The Wildcats also held Piper's standout junior Lorenzo Lasley to 10 points after he had 27 points during the team's last meeting.
DeSoto played a strong first half against Basehor-Linwood last week during an emotional senior night for Chris Dexter.
The Wildcats lost to B-L 54-41 but only trailed by three (24-21) at halftime. Junior Todd Manson, 11 points, and Dexter, 9 points, sparked the Wildcats offense in the second quarter.
Basehor-Linwood, a team that starts five seniors and has a visable size advantage over DeSoto, was led by the efforts of seniors Jackie Kimlin, game high 19 points, and Travis Fouts, 11 points.
Coach Jason Generally said the Wildcats were able to respond to an early deficit partly because it was the last home game of the season.
"We made some things happen defensively. We worked so hard in the second quarter that we changed the momentum with our effort," Generally said, "We were getting a much better team effort defensively."
Generally said the team became saddened after his lone senior, Dexter, completed his final home game.
"Chris was a part of something very special here at DeSoto," Generally said. "We had kids crying in the locker room after the game because that's how special he is to our team."