Highland loss a team low
The Eudora High School girls basketball team went through highs and lows during its first week of competition, but it couldn't post a victory.
Playing without the services of all-Frontier League junior Lauren Kracl, the Cardinals scored 63 points in a 74-63 loss Friday night at Pleasant Ridge. Kracl, who injured her pinky finger on the bottom side, will not return until after the holiday break.
First year head coach Cara Kimberlin, who coached the freshman team last season, said she was encouraged by the Cards' offensive performance Friday night.
"The group of kids I have are going to play hard night in and night out for me," Kimberlin said. "We have lots of great underclassmen doing a good job and a lot of good seniors leading."
Freshman point guard Michelle Deluna led the Cardinals (0-3) with 23 points in her varsity debut.
"Michelle is a very aggressive basketball player," Kimberlin said. "She's the last one out of the gym (in practice), and I have to run her off."
Senior Mallorie Cleveland, who handled the point guard duties last season, scored nine points against the Rams. Kimberlin said Cleveland was one of the most versatile players on the team.
"If she gets a rebound and wants to bust out, she can push it up the floor," Kimberlin said.
Sophomores Kayla Moyer, 10 points, and Alissa Hamilton, eight points, scored 18 of the team's 23 points off the bench. Moyer was a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line. Sophomore Joni Ridinger and junior Jodi Wingebach scored three points and two points, respectively. Senior Tina Lauber and junior Rachel Abel, both starters, each scored four points for the Cards.
Kimberlin said the Cardinals would learn to play without Kracl and hopefully flourish when she returns to action.
"We're a young team, but we have a good core of seniors," DeWitt said. "I was upset over some mistakes, but it's a long season and we've got a long way to go. We'll work hard and get better. Our goal is to be wrestling our best the last week of February."
To see exactly how much time the Cardinals have to prepare for the state tournament, visit the Web site at www.ehscardinalwrestling.com where the days, hours, minutes and seconds count down to the 4A state championships. DeWitt designed the Web site.
In other notes: DeWitt won the basketball free throw shooting event at Late Night Saturday.
"Basketball is an easy sport," DeWitt said, joking.