Eudora girls kick in overdrive in second quarter
Cardinals best Bears 50-28 in first round invitational action
In the first quarter of the Eudora girls season opener, coach Cara Kimberlin wasn't sure whether her team was back from the Thanksgiving break.
"In the first quarter it was like we were asleep," she said. "We were a bit out of sync."
That feeling didn't last long as the Cardinals used a 10-0 run early in the second quarter to turn a close game into a rout, beating the Turner Bears 50-28 Monday on the first day of the Cardinal Invitational Tournament.
The Cardinals ended the first quarter with a 9-7 lead and not much momentum. Turnovers and little inside penetration were jeopardizing the fragile lead.
That's when Carrie Lister stepped up. The 5-foot-9-inch junior worked her way inside, giving the Cardinals the rebounding and second-chance scoring opportunities they needed. Lister, who finished with 12 rebounds and 15 points, helped fuel the second-quarter run that ultimately put the game out of reach.
"She's a worker," Kimberlin said. "Carrie's work shows through physically. She's not the best jumper, but she works hard to get in there."
The inside penetration also helped bring 5-foot-10-inch sophomore Erin Kracl into the game from outside. Kracl finished with 16 points and contributed to the Cardinals 50-percent shooting from behind the arc. Although Kracl was hitting from the outside, Kimberlin hopes the sophomore can be a presence inside as well.
"Erin was scoring from the outside, and that was good," Kimberlin said. "But we can't have her living out there."
The Cardinals went into halftime with a 24-16 lead, out-scoring the Bears 15-7 in the second quarter, and emerged with a much more disciplined game plan. Eudora was more patient on offense, allowing the inside game to develop. Junior point guard Michelle Deluna helped turn up the pressure defensively and finished the game with three steals and two assists.
Junior Emily Gloshen came off the bench and contributed to the Cardinals' stingy defense by converting a breakaway steal into a three-point play.
"Emily's not a big scorer," said Kimberlin. "But she's tough on defense and can really give us something off of the bench."
Other Cardinals came off the bench to help as well. Seniors Alissa Hamilton and Kayla Moyer combined for nine points and 10 rebounds. Those rebounds helped Eudora win the battle of the boards 37-25.
Eudora's patience on offense also helped them to the free throw line. The Cardinals went to the charity stripe 18 times, hitting on 13 of their shots, finishing at 72 percent for the night.
Although the game ended comfortably for the Cardinals, the coach didn't want to see the same sloppiness and lack of energy from her squad as the tournament progresses.
"We can't play like that against some of these other teams in the tournament," Kimberlin said. "Especially, the one on Tuesday night."
The team she refers to is Highland Park. The Scots beat Bishop-Ward 41-33, setting up a meeting with the Cardinals.
The Cardinals fell on Tuesday night to the Lady Scots 33-28 in the semifinal match-up. Poor shooting early put Eudora into a hole. Highland Park raced out to an 11-0 lead to end the first period.
Eudora managed to put together a surge in the second period, going on a 15-7 run to cut the deficit to 18-15 at half-time.
Kimberlin cited the size of Highland Park as one of the reasons for the poor shooting.
"I think that we came out a little intimidated of their size and style of play," she said. "Their defense made us alter our shot selection."
The Cardinals fought hard in the third, closing out the period tied at 27.
"We did what we had to do defensively," said Kimberlin. "We went to a zone to make them shoot outside and limit the offensive rebounds."
However, the cold shooting became a problem once again in the fourth. Lister with her strong play, added 12 points on Tuesday to go with the 15 she put up on Monday. Kracl added 10 points, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals couldn't overcome offensive problems.
Eudora managed one point in the final period.
Eudora will face Baldwin in the third-place game at 7 p.m. Thursday.