Eudora girls end season on bitter note
The Lady Cardinals closed their season on a bitter note Feb. 28 in the first round of the sub-state tournament.
Losing to Topeka Hayden High School 56-21 in the first round was not what the girls had hoped for, but they knew it would be a tough game.
"We knew we were in for a battle going in," senior Betsy Hickman said. "Especially since we weren't playing as well as we can."
Shooting just 8-of-24 from the field cost the Cardinals dearly.
A poor showing in the third quarter put the game out of reach for Eudora. Topeka Hayden outscored the Cardinals 25-4 in the quarter.
Nothing seemed to be falling for the Cardinals, who also scored just four points in two other quarters.
Senior Jessica Bryant, who averaged 11.8 points a game this season, was frustrated by the bad rolls her team was getting.
Bryant scored four points against the Wildcats and shot 0-for-8 in the fourth quarter. She didn't score in the second half.
"Jessica was very frustrated," Coach Gretchen Freeland said. "She took good shots, they just didn't go in."
Lauren Kracl, who averaged 12.8, also had trouble finding the right touch. The freshman scored just eight points. The nine remaining points were scored by senior Melanie Smith, 4, junior Brandi Hime, 2, junior Jill Woodward, 2, and senior Betsy Hickman, 1.
"We were out of sync," Freeland said. "The girls just couldn't get the offense going and, defensively, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Atop the Wildcats' offense was senior Emily Eagan who led all scorers with 16 points, including 12 3-pointers. Sophomore Anna Nimz had 10. Topeka Hayden shot 33 percent from the field. But, they took more shots, controlled the ball and managed several key steals against Eudora.
The Cardinals struggled from the opening buzzer. Eagan pumped in a 3-pointer about 30 seconds into the game to open scoring. Eudora didn't score until 3:09 remained in the first quarter. The girls trailed 9-4 going into the second quarter.
Eudora managed a brief counterattack with a five-point run, pulling within three points, 12-9.
Hayden's Lauren Wright put a quick end to it, however, with a 3-pointer of her own. The Wildcats continued to roll and led 21-9 before the Cardinals could sink another shot. They didn't score until 1:49 remained in the half when Kracl hit a short shot from the side. With 48 seconds left, Smith scored for Eudora. The Cardinals were down by eight at the break.
The Cardinals scored just eight points in the second half.
The girls finished the season 7-13.
Kracl was received All -League, first team honors. Bryant received honorable mention.