Girls rebound to end skid
The Eudora girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 62-49 win over Central Heights. The win came at just the right time as the Cardinals were blown out by Ottawa on Friday and lost a heartbreaker Monday against Wellsville.
Eudora (6-11) helped its cause Tuesday by racing out to a 17-4 first- quarter lead.
"It helps so much when we have a first quarter like that," coach Cara Kimberlin said. Sophomore Erin Kracl hit from the baseline and beyond the arc for eight first quarter points. Junior Carrie Lister added five.
The Vikings managed to get back into the contest midway through the second quarter as they outscored the Cardinals 15-13. Central Heights senior Jill Adkinson led the way with six points.
The Cardinals pulled away late in the second quarter behind the contributions of seniors Kayla Moyer and Alissa Hamilton. Each scored four points, helping the Eudora lead balloon out to 30-19 at halftime.
The Vikings outscored the Cardinals in the third quarter thanks to Adkinson and fellow senior Melissa Horne. The pair took over the scoring in the period, helping Central Heights pull within eight at the end of three.
"Our zone was stagnant," Kimberlin said. "Those two were cutting right through it."
As the game wore on it became clear the contest would be decided at the line. The Cardinals held the Vikings in check in the fourth quarter
when the visitors were forced to go into foul mode. The Cardinals had already been to the line 19 times in the first half.
The Cardinals nursed a 10-point lead throughout most of the quarter, and as the game drew to a close, they took advantage of the Viking strategy.
Eudora went to the line eight times in the final two minutes, hitting six.
Moyer sealed the victory in the final minutes as she hit four straight shots from the line. She finished with 10 points.
Kracl, Hamilton, and Lister joined Moyer with double figures in scoring. Lister finished with 16.
Despite the win, Kimberlin still sensed something was missing from her team's performance.
"We just didn't play with enough energy," she said. "These players have to know that they have to go out and play with the same effort night in and night out."
Monday night the energy was sucked out of the building for the Cardinals as they watched two shots by Alissa Hamilton fall short in the final seconds of a 38-37 loss to Wellsville at Eudora.
The game was close from the start as the teams traded buckets in the first half with the Cardinals scratching their way to a 10-9 lead.
In the second quarter the Cardinals had no answer for Wellsville's Emily Patton as she scored 11 to help keep the Eagles close at 19-17.
Eudora built a 34-26 lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Eagles made their charge.
Senior Kimberly Hughes capped off a 7-0 Wellsville run that narrowed the score to 34-33.
Kayla Moyer kept the Cardinals in front by going one-for-two from the foul line, but the Eagles answered.
Patton struck again with less than a minute to go as the Wellsville sophomore drove to the bucket, tying the game at 35.
The Cardinals took the lead back as Kracl turned an offensive rebound into the biggest bucket of the night.
A free throw drew the Eagles within one and the Cardinals had the ball with 50 seconds to go.
On that possession Eudora turned the ball over and watched as Patton drove the ball to the basket one last time to give the Eagles the lead and ultimately the win.
"We didn't play real well down the stretch," Kimberlin said. "We just couldn't put them away and paid for it."
Friday saw the Cardinals score one point in the first quarter on their way to a 20-point loss to Ottawa 52-32.
"We dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't get out of," Kimberlin said.
The Cardinals were dominated on the boards as the Cyclones rolled out to a 28-10 halftime lead.
Eudora had no answer for Ottawa senior Kelsie Studley, who hit the Cardinals for a game-high 15 points.
"We just don't have a go-to player like that," Kimberlin said. "They've got the weapons, and we just don't."
Carrie Lister led the Cardinals with eight points.