Girls score 30-point victory
Head coach Cara Kimberlin changed her team's first semester grade from a B+ to a C+ following last week's unsatisfying 52-38 victory over Louisburg.
Maybe she should have given the team an incomplete instead. After all, an argument could have been made that the team has yet to play a complete game.
Either way, they get an A now.
Eudora traveled Friday to Garnett to take on the Bulldogs of Anderson County. The Cardinals taught the Bulldogs how to roll over with a decisive and complete 66-36 triumph.
The Cards' 30-point victory was bolstered by their ability to close out each half ---- especially the second quarter when Eudora outscored Anderson County 24-9.
"We didn't want to quit at halftime," Kimberlin said. "We wanted to keep playing. We just played outstanding as a team. We were just really in sync. The stars were all aligned or something."
To place the game's dominance in perspective, the Cards 39 points at halftime were more than the Bulldogs scored the entire game.
Perhaps the single-most important transformation from the team that played Louisburg to the team that played Anderson County was the turnovers. Eudora turned the ball over just twice in the first half -- an impossible statistic for a team that has been been mired in turnover troubles all season
Throw in 20 assists and a staunch defense, and you have the recipe for a bona-fide blowout.
"It felt nice to play as a team," said point guard Rachel Abel. "I think that everyone helped out a lot. We moved the ball around more, and it didn't seem like anyone was standing around or holding the ball scared."
The lackluster Louisburg showing motivated the team.
"I don't think any of us wanted to play like that again, -- it was pretty bad," Abel said. "It just felt like we played together tonight like we haven't before."
Six-foot senior Lauren Kracl has played like that before. The Eudora superstar entered the game averaging 24.2 points.
She maintained her gaudy average with 27 points.
Her freshman sister, Erin Kracl, followed with a dozen -- her best effort in quite some time.
"She finally stepped up and played," Kimberlin said. "I've been screaming at her to stop playing like a freshman. She looked exceptional compared to last game."
A change in the lineup may have spurred another of the game's positive twists. Talented sophomore guard Michelle Deluna exchanged her starting position with senior Jodi Wingebach. Deluna responded with aggressive play and 11 points.
Then there's Abel. The 5-foot 1-inch senior entered the game having scored just 10 points all season. Friday she scored seven, including a long three-pointer.
"I felt really good tonight," she said. "It was pretty exciting. It's taken too long to get to this point, but it feels good now."
The team raised it's record to 7-2 after defeating Spring Hil l55-44 at home Tuesday.
Read more about it in next week's issue.
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Spring Hill 6 11 15 12-44
Eudora 9 21 10 15-55