Team lucky in loss, coach says
For Eudora Cardinals girls basketball coach Cara Kimberlin, Thursday's game was bad.
"I haven't watched the entire tape yet," she said. "I get about halfway through it and turn it off."
Eudora fell Thursday night 44-34 to rival Baldwin in the third-place game of the Eudora Invitational. The coach said given the team's effort, they were lucky.
"We were lucky to lose by 10," she said.
The night had a promising start, as the Cardinals took advantage of the Bulldogs' poor shooting, racing out to a 7-1 lead. Baldwin soon took back the momentum to pull to a 12-12 tie, finishing the first period.
After that, it was all Bulldogs.
Baldwin ratcheted up its defensive pressure to begin the second period, which began to frustrate the Cardinals.
"They picked up the pressure on defense, and we couldn't handle it," Kimberlin said.
The defense of Baldwin forced the Cardinals into some sloppy play in the second period. Eudora began to turn the ball over, which allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead.
Fortunately for Eudora, Baldwin had its own ball-handling problems, and the halftime deficit was only three at 21-18.
The Cardinals finished with 31 turnovers for the night. Baldwin finished with 25.
The second half saw more of the same as Baldwin's defense kept the Cardinals at arms' length for the duration of the game. The Bulldogs slowly extended their lead and eventually won by 10.
The Baldwin team did not win because of a physical advantage over the Cardinals, Kimberlin said. Her players just didn't have their heads in the game, she said.
"We matched up with them size-wise," she said. "We just couldn't handle the the ball."
Eudora suffered from cold shooting all night as well, hitting only 28 percent of its shots.
One of the few bright spots of the night was that the Cardinals managed to hit half of their three-point shots.
Sophomore Erin Kracl contributed to that percentage as she went 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, finishing with 14 points and four rebounds. Carrie Lister added eight in the loss.
Emily Gloshen turned in a solid performance, clearing seven rebounds on the night.
With the loss, the Cardinals (1-2) finished fourth in the tournament.
On Tuesday, the girls team fell to Silver Lake 61-30 at home.
The Eagles took advantage of the Cardinals' poor shooting and turnovers, racing out to a 34-12 halftime lead.
The game had a chance to become close early. After ending the first period, down 17-6, the Cardinals hit their first two shots of the second period and forced two turnovers on the defensive end, pulling within seven at 17-10.
However, Silver Lake responded immediately with a back-breaking three-point shot that pushed the lead back to 10 and took any momentum Eudora might have had.
Silver Lake was never threatened the remainder of the match.
Eudora (1-3) will return to action after the Christmas break with a trip to Paola in early January.ball. At one point, we were having problems even catching