Eudora High Cards fight third-quarter blahs
Perhaps Eudora coach Scott Stein should scratch the traditional jaunt he and his team take to the locker room at halftime.
In the last three games, the Cardinals have come back from the break and sputtered in the third quarter.
But on Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Invitational, Eudora regrouped just in time. The Cardinals led at halftime 34-26, only to have the lead slip away in third. Lansing stormed back, taking a 48-45 lead going into the final quarter. Luckily for the Cardinals, 20 points in the final quarter helped them to a 66-56 victory in the quarterfinals.
Stein would like to eliminate the third-quarter lapses that led to losses against Louisburg and Spring Hill. Tuesday's game looked all too familiar to the first-year coach.
"I don't know what the heck is going on," Stein said. "I've tried to be loving to these guys and patient. About the only thing I haven't done is bounce off the wall and get on them. I guess it's time to try a different approach."
Stein was pleased with his team's hustle despite the recent problems in one quarter.
"They always play hard," Stein said.
Zac Tyler and Tyler Cleveland led the team in points with 16, while Kaleb Niedens had 14. Wes Hinman was the team's other double-figure scorer with 10.
Eudora and Lansing let the three-point shots fly, as both teams made six three-point shots. Niedens had four, while Cleveland had two for the Cards.
Lansing's Thomas Davis had a game-high 24 points for the Lions.
"That's as well as he's played," Lansing coach Don Allen said.
The Lions just couldn't hold on in the fourth quarter.
"Offensively we didn't do very well on the boards," Allen said.
At 5-5, the No. 6 Cardinals will meet No. 7 Tonganoxie at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Chieftains advanced with a 54-51 win against No. 2 Olathe Christian. Jacob Walker hit a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in the game, as Tonganoxie also improved to 5-5.
The Cardinals, who have three losses to top-ranked Spring Hill on their record, are looking to repeat as Tonganoxie Invitational champions.
"Our record is deceiving," Stein said.
Eudora joins Tonganoxie and No. 8 Van Horn as lower-seed winners. Bonner Springs, the No. 4 seed, is the only higher seed to advance to the semifinals.
Eudora 65, Lansing 56
Tyler 4 8-10 16, Niedens 5 0-0 14, Hinman 5 0-0 10, Bowling 3 1-2 7, Cleveland 6 2-4 16, Stein 1 0-2 2. Totals 24 11-18 65
Morgan 4 3-6 13, McKee 1 1-6 3, Davis 11 0-0 24, Jackson 4 0-0 10, Gorski 1 1-2 3, Morehead 1 1-2 3. Totals 22 6-16 56.
Eudora (5-5) 14 20 11 20 65
Lansing (6-4) 14 12 22 8 56
Three-point field goals Eudora 6 (Niedens 4, Cleveland 2), Lansing 6 (Davis 2, Jackson 2, Morgan 2).
Spring Hill 74, Eudora 49
Eudora stayed with Spring Hill for a half, but the No. 1 team in Class 4A broke away last Friday in the third quarter and won, 74-49.
The game was actually tied at 27 at halftime, but the Broncos had a 20-2 run in the second half and Eudora had its worst loss of the season, dropping its third game to the Frontier League rival.
"Spring Hill is such a good team and you can't let them get into a run," Stein said. "They get little runs and away they go."
The Cardinals have lost three games to Spring Hill by a combined margin of 65 points.
Stein, though, likes his chances if the two teams meet at Sub-state.
"I think we can beat them if these kids compete and we do things right," Stein said. "We have to play for 32 minutes and take away their runs for 32 minutes."
The Cardinals resume conference play with a Jan. 25 home game against Louisburg. The Wildcats dropped Eudora, 47-45, on Jan. 8 in Louisburg.