Girls split winnings at Wellsville tourney
The Eudora High School girls basketball team defeated Anderson County in the second round of the Wellsville Tournament but couldn't finish off the host team.
Eudora junior Lauren Kracl, who made the all-tournament team, scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cards (5-9) (2-3). Freshman point guard Michelle Deluna added 16 points in the 52-44 victory over Anderson County (1-11). It was the Cards second win over the Bulldogs this season.
"Every win now is good for us," coach Cara Kimberlin said. "Defensively, we played well all night. The one bad thing was that they hit six three's."
The Cards raced out to a 26-13 first half lead over Anderson County. Sophomore guard Kayla Moyer, eight points, junior guard Rachel Abel, three points, and senior forward Mallorie Cleveland, seven points, also contributed offensively for Eudora.
"Kayla Moyer had a big game that night," Kimberlin said. "She stepped up and made some shots for us."
Kimberlin, however, wasn't pleased with Eudora's lackluster effort Saturday in the fifth-place game. The Cards faced rival Wellsville (3-10), a team it defeated in December at Wellsville.
"We played like we had better things to do on a Saturday night," Kimberlin said. "We just flat didn't show up. It was upsetting because we didn't play with any desire that night."
Kracl's 20 point and 15 rebound performance against the Eagles was enough to put her on the all-tournament team.
"Probably for the most part, Michelle was deserving of it (all-tournament)," Kimberlin said. "Except for the Wellsville game -- I think that made the difference in making the all-tournament team."
Deluna scored 11 points in the 47-38 loss. Sophomore Alissa Hamilton scored two points while Abel and Cleveland chipped in two and three points, respectively.
Kimberlin said the Wellsville loss was especially demoralizing because it was a game the Cards were capable of winning.
"That's a game you should win as a team," Kimberlin said. "When another coach from the league calls you and says 'What Happened?', you know you should have won."
Frontier League member Baldwin (13-1) won the Wellsville Tournament for the second-straight season.
Eudora postponed Monday night's game against class 4A power Spring Hill until next Tuesday.
The Cards received a visit from Silver Lake, the defending class 3A state champions, Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the Cards, the Silver Lake express seems to be well on its way to another championship season.
"They outsized us, and they're stronger than we are," Kimberlin said.
The Eagles' solid defense held Eudora's dynamic duo -- Deluna, seven points, and Kracl, five points -- to a combined 12 points.
Cleveland and Moyer scored two points, while Hamilton added two.
Kimberlin said she was pleased with the team's desire in the second half of the 49-22 loss.
Kracl made three-of-four free throws in the fourth quarter. She also came up with two blocks in the final two minutes. Junior Kelly Spence and senior Tina Lauber each made a steal in the fourth quarter.
Kimberlin said Friday's game at Osawatomie is a must-win for Eudora.
Senior forward Mary Johnson was sidelined with a knee injury against Silver Lake. Johnson is questionable for Friday's game at Osawatomie.