Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Girls fall short in Top Gun tourney

February 2, 2006

For the second-straight year, the Eudora girls basketball team took home the second-place trophy in the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament.

The Cardinals fell behind early Saturday and couldn't quite turn a fourth-quarter rally into a win as they fell to Baldwin in the tournament finals, 33-30.

"Offensively we just really couldn't get what we wanted out of our offense," Eudora coach Ryan Luke said. "We came out tight and weren't hitting our shots."

Not hitting shots put the Cardinals into a hole early as the Bulldogs raced out to a 12-4 first-quarter advantage.

The Cardinals (8-4) continued to struggle from the field for the remainder of the half, but the Bulldogs cooled off as well, scoring only four in the second quarter.

The slowdown let the Cardinals hang around, despite hitting only three shots in the second quarter.

Baldwin put together a run to start the third and built a lead of as many as 11 before the Cardinals could bounce back.

The Bulldogs' Kelsey Verhaeghe hit three 3-pointers to help keep the Cardinals down 25-15 by the end of the third.

In the fourth, the Cardinals put together a run at the Bulldogs for the first time in the game, one which generated their first lead, 30-29.

In the end however, it was the Bulldogs' Katelyn Miles who finally put the game away late with two free throws with less than 10 seconds to go.

"We were disappointed," Luke said. "We really wanted to come out and win that game."

In the loss, sophomore Nikki Snider led the Cardinals with 11 points, nine of which came in the second half.

Snider, along with senior point guard Michelle Deluna, was named to the Top Gun All-Tournament Team.

The Baldwin match was set up by the Cardinals sixth-straight win on Thursday in the tournament semi-finals against St. Mary's, 43-39.

The method behind the win was not the preferred one for the Cardinals as the Bears bludgeoned Eudora into a 17-2 deficit before the four-minute mark of the first quarter.

"We seem to have some of those moments," Luke said. "But we fought back and we'll learn."

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