Lady Cardinals walk over Osawatomie
The Eudora girls basketball team dominated Osawatomie in the first half Friday night in the Lady Trojans home territory.
The Lady Cardinals smoked the Trojans in the first quarter, holding Osawatomie to just one point. The girls only forfeited four more points to the Trojans in the second quarter, producing a 22-5 first half lead and a 36-19 win to improve their record to 6-8 on the season.
"The defense looked great," Eudora Coach Gretchen Freeland said. "The girls were boxing out well on defense in the first half.
"They came out with enthusiasm, intensity and were ready to play. But, then they were a little flat in the second half. It would be great if we could just put together a whole game."
In the second quarter, senior Jessica Bryant scored all eight of the Cardinals' points. Osawatomie didn't score its first field goal until there were about two minutes remaining in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Cardinals hit just 3-of-11 shots from the field, scoring six points.
Fortunately for Eudora, the Trojans continued to struggle offensively, scoring only four points and hitting 2-of-9.
In the fourth quarter, Eudora hit 3-of-11 again for eight points. Osawatomie hit 3-of-8 for seven points.
Bryant and freshman Lauren Kracl led Eudora, combining for 26 of the team's 36 points.
Bryant had 14 points and Kracl added 12. Junior Jill Woodward scored six points and Brandi Hime scored four. No one else scored for Eudora.
After scoring 12 points in the first half, Bryant became frustrated when she couldn't get enough looks at the basket during the second half.
Freeland said it was the first time Bryant had been pressured so much defensively.
The coach was impressed with Kracl's defensive play.
Kracl grabbed eight boards and blocked Trojan shots more than five times in the lane. Even when she didn't have position on the boards, Freeland said, she used her athleticism to her advantage.
The Lady Cardinals didn't fare as well Tuesday night, falling to Pleasant Ridge by a score of 51-43.
The girls play next at 6 p.m. Friday against Baldwin City.