Cards ‘out-coached,’ ‘out-played’
The holiday break began one quarter early for the Eudora High School girls basketball team, said head coach Cara Kimberlin.
"I think we were mentally dead," she said. "I got out-coached in the fourth quarter, and we got out-played in the fourth quarter. I don't know if we realized how quickly they got back into it."
The Cardinals (2-4) (1-1) led Prairie View 19-17 at intermission but lost 41-35. Freshman point guard Michelle Deluna, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the first three quarters, and senior forward Mallorie Cleveland, 12 points, led the Cards to a 33-26 lead after three quarters.
Deluna and Cleveland combined for 24 of the Cards 35 points. Sophomores Kayla Moyer, guard, and Alissa Hamilton, center, scored four and three points, respectively. Junior guard Rachel Abel and senior forward Tina Lauber chipped in two points apiece.
The Buffalos outscored Eudora 15-2 in the final quarter, with Deluna scoring the only bucket of the quarter for the Cards.
"We turned it over four times in a row and fouled shooters who were going to the line," Kimberlin said. "We weren't getting many chances to shoot."
Kimberlin said junior forward Lauren Kracl, the team's top scorer and rebounder from a year ago, was expected to return to practice Monday and play Jan. 7 at Louisburg in a non-league game. The Cards and the Wildcats will face each other in Frontier League play Jan. 21.
The Cards were looking forward to playing Louisburg after the holiday break, Kimberlin said. Two of Eudora's six victories came against the Wildcats last season.
Eudora defeated Louisburg by two points in Eudora just prior to the holiday break last season and pounded the Wildcats in Louisburg last January.
"From talking to some of the other coaches, Louisburg is much improved but we can't take anyone lightly," Kimberlin said. "It's a very beatable opponent for us.
"It's the first night for the girls playing with Lauren (Kracl) on the floor."