Kracl shines in Cardinal win
With 21 of Eudora's 49 game points, freshman Lauren Kracl led the Lady Cardinals to a 49-48 win over Louisburg Tuesday.
From the start, Kracl didn't let the Wildcats intimidate her. She scored eight of the Cardinals 16 first-quarter points, shooting 80 percent from the field. She missed just one field goal and one free throw, piloting Eudora to a 16-10 early lead.
Although Kracl was a crucial element, the Cardinals proved they could play together as a team in the first half.
"It was great that we finally put everything together in the first half," Kracl said. "That half was the best we have played all season."
Eudora shot 13- of-27 from the field in the first half. Kracl solicited 13 of her 21 points in that half. Jessica Bryant also added eight points to the board.
"Both of them really stepped up as leaders in this game," Coach Gretchen Freeland said.
The Cardinals headed to the locker room with a 28-18 lead.
However, things changed a bit in the second half.
"We were very flat in the third quarter," Freeland said. "Things were not done as well as they were in the first half."
Louisburg's Krystal Bowes took advantage of Eudora's break in concentration, scoring 15 of her 23 points in the second half.
Louisburg trailed by six, 38-32, going into the final quarter. Two minutes into the final period, they managed a five-point run to pull within three points.
With 4:30 left in the game, Bowes nailed a three-pointer to put the score at 43-40.
With just under two minutes left, Louisburg's Libby Dean knocked in a jumper to narrow Eudora's lead to one.
With less than a minute to play, Bowes put in a lay-up to give the Cats a 48-47 lead. Just 11.5 seconds remained when Bryant scored to regain the lead.
The Cats were looking to Bowes again, but the Cards kept her covered. The ball was dished into the middle of the lane to Emily Miller who took the shot and missed. EHS blocked out and kept the ball until the buzzer.
"Somehow I knew that shot wasn't going to go in and that we would win," Kracl said. "I think we are really starting to put things together."
The Lady Cardinals carry a 3-5 record into Friday night's game against McLouth where they will be looking for vengeance at home. McLouth beat the girls in the first game of the season by just three points.
"It feels good to get another win," Freeland said. "We're a better team now than we were then, so it should be a good game."