Cards bounce back
More than a week after letting one get away in overtime, the Eudora High School girls basketball team made sure Friday's game at Louisburg was never in doubt. A strong third quarter helped the Cardinals go on the road and come away with a 54-44 win over the Wildcats.
"It was a nice bounce-back game for us," coach Cara Kimberlin said. "We've been working on a new offensive set up, and we executed it really well."
It wasn't easy for the Cardinals in the early going as the Wildcats pounded the ball inside to grab a 17-16 first-quarter lead. Eudora held its ground to stay in the game and was only down by three at halftime. Despite the inside play from Louisburg, the Cardinals avoided giving up fouls in the first half, which helped keep them close.
"They only went to the line twice in the first half," Kimberlin said. "That helps us out a lot down the stretch."
Eudora came out from the break and took control of the game, outscoring the home team 15-9 in the third frame to lead 37-34 at the end of the quarter. Eudora shot well from the field and clamped down on the defensive end.
"We helped out well on defense," Kimberlin said. "We adjusted well and hit the boards."
Spring Hill shot 50 percent from the field the week before, but the improved defense kept Louisburg at a lukewarm 32 percent for the game.
The Cardinals came out of the gates in the fourth quarter with a flurry of shots that increased their lead and helped put the pressure on the Wildcats.
Junior Michelle Deluna and senior Alissa Hamilton hit back-to-back 3-pointers, increasing the Cardinals lead by 10. Hamilton finished the contest by hitting two more from beyond the arc to finish at 50 percent from long distance.
"If they leave her (Alissa) out there, she's going to bury them," Kimberlin said. "And that's what she did."
Hamilton finished with 14 points.
Deluna bounced back from a one-point outing against Spring Hill to finish the game with 10 points. Sophomore Erin Kracl shot 4-for-9 from the floor, and 5-for-7 from the line to finish with 13 points. It was her second-straight game scoring in double figures.
Rounding out the scoring for the Cardinals were Carrie Lister, eight; Moyer, seven; and Joni Ridinger, two.
One down spot in the Cardinal victory was the free-throw shooting. Last week the Cardinals shot 67 percent, and that number continued to fall on Friday.
Aside from Kracl's 71 percent from the line, the Cardinals shot 11-for-21 from the line.
"We were lucky to win when you look at that number," Kimberlin said. "Kayla Moyer is our best free-throw shooter. She shot 50 percent from the line and that can't happen."