Girls fall to .500 with loss at Silver Lake
Turnovers and poor shooting sabotaged a solid first quarter as the Eudora girls basketball team fell 45-35 Tuesday at Silver Lake.
The Cardinals (2-2) managed to shoot just 32 percent from the field, with a combined 13 second-half turnovers that allowed the Eagles to keep a sizeable lead for most of the game.
"We have a lot to learn out there," Eudora coach Ryan Luke said. "We had a good first quarter, but I think we lacked a little intensity. We're going to make mistakes, everything's new to them and I think if we improve our effort, things will be a lot better."
Eudora started the game on pace with the Eagles, matching them basket for basket. Sophomore Nikki Snider found the touch for the Cardinals from the baseline and cashed in six of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter. Eudora finished the period going 6-for-11 from the field and tied with the Eagles at 11.
In the second quarter the touch seemed to fade for the Cardinals as they missed their first five shots from the field.
As a result, the Cardinals found themselves on the wrong end of an emerging inside game as Silver Lake's 6-foot center Kate Taylor found a steady diet of passes and came away with six second-quarter points.
When the Cardinal defense swarmed Taylor, she managed to find her teammates on the perimeter -- in particular Stephanie Bryant -- who gouged Eudora for two second-quarter 3-pointers and 10 of her game-high 16 points.
Silver Lake made use of both facets of its game to score 17 points in the quarter and go into the locker room with a 28-20 lead.
What had been an up-tempo game ground to a halt in the third as both teams struggled from the onset to find the basket.
Nearly three minutes elapsed in the frame before Bryant buried her third 3-pointer of the game to give the Eagles a double-digit lead, 31-20.
Eudora found itself in a severe drought as the quarter wore on. The Cardinals managed only one shot from the field in the first four minutes, a 3-point attempt by Emily Ballock that barely drew iron.
The Cardinals finally got on the second-half scoreboard by way of an Emily Gloshen steal that resulted in a quick breakaway basket by Snider. Eudora continued to struggle throughout the period as offensive opportunities were missed due in large part to seven turnovers. The Cardinals came up with only eight shots from the field in the third, going 2-for-8.
"Give them (Silver Lake) credit," Luke said. "They played well out there. They played good defense and have some good players that can score. They have a lot of good role players, so give them credit."
Silver Lake slowed down its offense in the fourth to protect a 37-26 lead, forcing Eudora to pick up the pace in order to make a run.
Turnovers again doomed the Cardinals, however, and Eudora could muster just six shots after giving up six turnovers.
The Eagles then converted three of their last four free throws to seal the 45-35 win.
Junior Erin Kracl scored 11, while senior Michelle Deluna went 2-for-3 from the beyond the arc.
Senior Carrie Lister, who scored 32 points in the Paola tournament, was held to just five points on 2-of-8 shooting.