Cardinals can’t recover from sluggish start
The Eudora Lady Cardinals got off to a bad start and never recovered Friday night as they lost to McLouth 44-36.
The Cardinals scored just 12 points to the Bulldogs' 25 in the first half.
When the second half rolled around, the girls came out a little revived. They outscored the Bulldogs 24-19, but it wasn't enough to get the team back in it.
Coach Gretchin Freeland said her team's inability to get things going in the first half was definitely a determining factor in the game.
"We played a terrible first half," Freeland said. "We were flat and not hustling or rebounding. They had 14 defensive rebounds. We only had two offensive rebounds. The girls had a good shot selection, but the shots just wouldn't fall."
The coach tried to invigorate her team during the halftime.
"I told them that we weren't fighting at all," Freeland said. "I told them that they had to become fighters."
Lauren Kracl, who plays post and is usually one of the Cardinal's top scorers, hardly touched the ball during the first half.
With her otherwise dependable players feeling a bit flat, Freeland decided to change things a bit. She pulled Kracl and Jessica Bryant out to the wings.
Kracl scored a total of 7 points and Bryant had 8.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the Cardinals gradually started pulling closer to the Bulldogs. However, after the slow first half, the hole was too large to climb out of.
The team was able to close the gap a bit, narrowing the lead to 7 points, 41-34, with less than a minute left in the game.
With 35.8 seconds left, McLouth's leading scorer, Courtney Edmonds, knocked in two from the line to increase her team's lead to 10 points.
Bryant knocked in a shot with 20.3 seconds left to narrow the gap to 8 points.
Edmonds scored half of the Bulldogs' 44 points.
Eudora lost to Ottawa 65-38 Tuesday night in the first round of the Top Gun Tournament.
The Cardinals will face Anderson County in the second round of the tournament, 6 p.m., Thursday in the blue gym.