Early hole too much at Gardner
In a game of runs, the Eudora girls basketball team fell 68-45 to Gardner-Edgerton Tuesday in Gardner.
The Trailblazers opened the game with a blistering 10-0 run behind the outside shooting of senior Jessica Stewart and the inside strength of Ashley Morgan. The Cardinals were plagued with turnovers in the early going, something they had done well to avoid in the Top Gun Tournament in Wellsville.
Gardner-Edgerton used the Cardinal miscues to gallop out to a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter began with more of the same for the Cardinals as the turnovers and inability to stop Morgan allowed the home team to balloon its lead to 20 at 30-10.
The Cardinals managed to regroup however, as sophomore Erin Kracl came into the game and quickly put five points on the board, snatching some of the momentum away from Gardner-Edgerton.
From the 4-minute mark of the second quarter, Eudora calmed things down and mounted a run of its own. Eudora finished the 13-3 run when junior Michelle Deluna buried a 3-pointer -- the only one of the game for the Cardinals -- that cut the lead to 33-23 at halftime.
As the second half began, the Cardinals continued to cut into the lead as Kracl and junior Carrie Lister combined for eight quick points. Eudora brought the Trailblazer lead all the way down to six points.
Then the bottom fell out.
The Trailblazers suddenly returned to their first-quarter form and ran off an 11-2 run behind Stewart and Morgan. The run put the Blazers back up to a double-digit lead at 48-33 by the end of the third quarter.
From then on it was all Gardner-Edgerton as Senior Katie Berg came off of the bench, adding eight fourth-quarter points, sealing the victory for the Blazers.
Kracl was the leading scorer for Eudora with 11 points; Deluna and Lister added eight each. The Cardinals finished 6-for-10 from the 3-point line.
With the loss in the championship game at the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament, the Cardinals have now lost two-straight games and will travel Friday to Sumner Academy.