Eudora Middle School boys wrap up basketball season
The eighth-grade varsity basketball squad capped off its season with a 32-31 victory over Tonganoxie Monday night.
It was a close contest throughout, but a steal and basket by Brendan Jackson with a little over one minute remaining in the game clinched the win for the Cardinals. Cole Massey led scoring with 8 points. Jackson scored 6. Paul Smith, Rod Evinger and Jeremie Bryant each scored 4. Tyler Hartpence finished with 2.
The team took a 45-33 win from Louisburg Feb. 15 on the opponents' court.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead.
Jackson scored 13 points and had 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Bryant finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Phil Lister had 4 points and 4 assists.
Massey and Evinger finished the game with 8 points apiece. Evinger also had 4 rebounds.
The boys were tripped up, 64-31, by Wheatridge (Gardner-Edgerton) Feb.12 in the Cardinal Dome, but claimed its third win in a row earlier in the week with a 45-44 victory over Paola on Feb. 8.
Smith and Spring worked hard to deliver the ball inside for points and Massey, Jackson, and Lister provided solid defense.
The squad claimed a 30-10 win Feb. 6 against McLouth.
All of the Cardinals contributed to the defensive effort that made it difficult for the Bulldogs to score. The team contributed to a good offensive balance by passing the ball well, which resulted in team scoring.
Dustin Deathe and Massey led the Cardinals with 5 points each. Smith, Jackson, and Brandon Helm each scored 7. Hartpence, Lister, Bryant, and Travis Spring added 2 apiece.
The seventh-grade varsity ended its season Monday night with a "nail biter" that wasn't decided until the final buzzer.
Tonganoxie came to the Cardinal Dome and fought a tough battle, but the Cards managed to hang on to a 28-26 victory.
With three seconds left and a 2-point lead, Mark Abel stole an inbound pass under the opponents' basket that sealed the win for the Cards.
The coach said the entire team played tough defense all night and worked very well as a team.
The team faced Louisburg Feb. 15, but was defeated 38-32 in Louisburg.
Coach John Dunaway said Mark Abel did a great job rebounding the ball and starting the offensive transition, while Miles Cleveland and Ryan Pittman led the troops with defensive pressure. He credited Austin Calhoon with several offensive attacks on the basket and many key assists that kept the Cardinals in a close game.
Mark Abel hit two 3-pointers during the game. Cleveland and Calhoon both sank one trey apiece.
Despite a good defensive effort, the Cardinals were not able to pull out a home win against Wheatridge Feb. 12, falling 48-25.
The Cards were led by Mark Abel, who had multiple rebounds on offense and defense. Pittman and Calhoon played solid defense as well. The coach said Kyle Brouhard passed the ball well and had several assists in the effort.
The team claimed a 52-32 home win over Paola Feb. 8. Cleveland, Kyle Reynolds, Brouhard and Calhoon led a tough defensive press that kept Paola confused for the entire length of the game. Luke Abel and Rodney Spillman grabbed several rebounds that limited Paola's offensive opportunities.
Pittman continued his defensive efforts, causing several turnovers and Nolan Smith was effective with several key assists. The coach said Mark Abel was tough on both defense and offense. He led the Cardinals in scoring with 23 points.
The squad finished a close one Feb. 6 against McLouth.
Despite a battle in the second half, the Cards pulled it out with a one-point win, 35-34.
Cleveland had three assists and five rebounds while Spillman contributed in passing.
Coach Dunaway said Pittman played tough defense, which caused several turnovers that were converted into points for the Cardinals.
The team's final record was 7-8.
Seventh-grade junior varsity
Eudora's seventh-grade junior varsity squad finished its season Monday night, beating Tonganoxie 32-25.
The squad ended the season with an 8-5 record, dropping the first four games of the season and winning eight of the last nine.
The boys started the game strong against Tonganoxie, scoring 15 points in the first quarter, but struggled somewhat during the remainder of the game.
Six of the eight players scored to add to the total team effort. Guy Montgomery was high scorer with 16. Andy Schultz finished with 6. Jorden Wise and Chanze Johnson each had 3. Kyle Cox and Chris Wolford had 2 apiece.
The team finished with a 26-19 win over Louisburg Feb. 15.
Cox and Montgomery contributed on defensive rebounding and Johnson pushed the ball up the court on offense, hitting open players for easy shots.
Montgomery led the team in scoring with 10. Schultz finished with 6. Johnson had four. Wise, Wolford and J.J. Hammond each had two.
The squad was victorious Feb. 12 against the Wheatridge Mustangs, taking a 22-20 win.
EMS led at half by one and ended the third quarter up by five before Wheatridge made a strong run at the Cards, tying the game with a little more than one minute left.
The Cards hit a shot with 32 seconds to keep the lead for good.
Ray Ramirez led the scoring with 7. Dustin Lister finished with 5. Jon Snyder had 4 and Thaddeus Damman, Moran and Kyle Van Meter each added 2.
The team defeated McLouth, 14-12, on Feb. 6.
After struggling in the first half by only scoring four, the Cards out-rebounded their opponent and stepped up their defensive effort to score 10 in the second half.
Ramirez led the team in scoring with 10. Tim Moran added the other four for the Cardinals.