Gardner press dooms Eudora
The losing streak continued for the Eudora Cardinals on Tuesday as the boys basketball squad fell to Gardner-Edgerton 66-37.
The Cardinals (2-10) made a game of it in the first quarter as they fought and clawed their way to being down by only three, 13-10. The Blazers came out firing as seniors Matt Duncan and Ryan Highfill took care of the outside and the inside shooting, respectively.
The Cardinals struggled in the second quarter, however, as they fell behind by 10 at 28-18.
Gardner's Duncan hit two-consecutive second-quarter 3-pointers on his way to 10 first-half points. Junior John Turpin got into the scoring act from the inside and from the line to finish with seven for the first half.
Eudora continued to struggle from the free-throw line in the first half. The Cardinals shot blanks on four attempts.
The third quarter started with the Cardinals very much a part of the game. But then the team fell back into bad habits.
The Trailblazers took command as Highfill and Turpin turned turnover after turnover into quick transition buckets. Before it was over, the Blazers had outscored Eudora 19-4 in the third quarter to lead 47-22.
In the fourth quarter the Cardinals made a game of it again, but it was too late. The Trailblazers outscored Eudora only 19-15 in the quarter, but the huge output after the break had put the game out of doubt's reach.
One bright spot for the Cardinals was the continued play of sophomore Todd Roberts. Roberts, who is playing for the injured Joe Kaup, put in eight points and grabbed three rebounds.
Late in the fourth quarter, Coach Scott Stein pulled the starters in favor of some little-used players. Sophomores Tim DeArmond and Mike Ortega played three minutes each in the last frame. Ortega immediately took advantage of his time by throwing in an easy layup for his only points of the game.
No one in the Cardinal lineup finished with double figures in scoring. Roberts and junior Rodney Spillman both had eight to lead Eudora scorers.
On the other side, the Trailblazers had 12 of their 13 players score. Highfill and Turpin finished with 15 each. Matthew Duncan hit three from beyond the arc to finish with 13.