Kracl, Lister big in win
Inside game key to Eudora league victory
After scoring 65 points on Jan. 3 and losing, the Eudora Cardinals put in just 44 and won 44-25 over Anderson County Friday at Eudora.
"We score 65 Monday and lose and score 44 and win," coach Cara Kimberlin said. "Sometimes you just don't know about these games."
The Cardinals jumped out to a 12-6 first quarter lead behind the inside play of junior Carrie Lister and sophomore Erin Kracl. The tandem combined for 33 of Eudora's 44 points.
"Our post players were on," Kimberlin said. "We were a little bigger inside, and that isn't going to happen that often. We have to take advantage, and tonight we did."
The Cardinals struggled initially from behind the three-point line, which forced the game to go under the basket. Lister was in position all night to clean up on second-chance shots and finished with 19 points. Kracl's 14 points were generated on the inside as she found her position on offense time and again and made the Bulldogs pay.
Eudora doubled up Anderson County by halftime, 18-9, despite the slow-down in scoring.
As the second half unfolded, the most telling factor became the Cardinals total domination of the boards. Their inside presence helped the Cardinals pull away in the fourth as they outscored the Bulldogs 15-7. At game's end, Eudora out-rebounded Anderson County by a staggering 46-19 margin. Lister and Kracl collected the bulk of those rebounds.
The pair made sure the Bulldogs had few second-chance scoring opportunities. Lister finished the game with 15 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end.
"Carrie came in with a game plan and stuck to it," Kimberlin said. "She works hard on defense and knows that the rest will follow."
Kracl added 12 rebounds of her own.
Junior point guard Michelle Deluna, coming off an 18 point outing at Paola, chipped in only four, but was effective at driving and setting up the inside game.
Despite the effectiveness at scoring, the Cardinals' coach saw some glaring holes on the other end.
"Our defense was horrible," Kimberlin said. "We were falling for the head fakes all night long."
Eudora allowed most of Anderson County's points on inside fakes and transition. Luckily, the Bulldogs didn't have many of those opportunities.
Although the coach did put praise on some of her own players, she cited the fact that their opponents didn't have a go to threat.
"Anderson County doesn't really have a scorer on their team," she said. "So in that aspect we got pretty lucky."
Anderson County finished the night shooting 18 percent from inside the arc, while Eudora shot nearly 50-percent.