Girls romp over league foes
A slow start got gradually better for the Eudora girls on Monday as a 2-of-10 first-quarter shooting performance was helped out by a solid fourth-quarter run in the Cardinals' 51-42 home win over Gardner Edgerton.
The win helped the Lady Cardinals bounce back from a disappointing loss in Saturday's Top Gun championship game to Baldwin.
"We did all the little things we needed to late in this game to put the last game behind us," Eudora coach Ryan Luke said. "Everyone did a great job out there. I really compliment them on how they played out there tonight."
Each squad started the game in a bit of a funk, as the two teams combined to go 4-for-23 from the field in the first quarter. The Cardinals could only manage a pair of Carrie Lister free throws for the first six minutes of the game before sophomore Nikki Snider broke a 2-2 tie with Eudora's first bucket.
The two teams slogged their way to the end of the quarter with the Cardinals holding a slim 6-4 lead.
In the second quarter the shooting fortunes began to change for the Cardinals as they hit four of their first six shots.
The warming trend did not include Gardner, however, as the Trailblazers went 2-for-11 from the field, allowing the Cardinals to stretch their lead to 19-13 by halftime.
The Trailblazers made up some ground in the third quarter however, by erasing a 25-18 early Cardinal lead, with a 6-0 run.
Gardner kept up the pressure on Eudora by capitalizing on six Cardinal turnovers, the last of which was a 3-pointer by Katie Morrison which gave the Blazers their first lead, 30-27.
"We have some moments like that," Luke said. "We relax a little bit and we're learning to get better at that."
Eudora bounced back as the third quarter waned, with seven-straight points, including a Snider three-point play as time expired, giving the Cardinals a 34-30 lead at the end of three. Snider finished the game with 11 points.
The end of the third quarter didn't stop the coach from telling his players what they needed to accomplish.
"We just talked about who could hurt us and what we needed to do," Luke said. "We needed to keep our focus and do what we needed to do on the offensive end."
The shaky end to the third quarter was soon forgotten as the Cardinals came out firing in the fourth, hitting their first three shots.
The minor run helped Eudora regain its composure and build a strong 10-point lead.
The Blazers tried to mount another run as Morrison hit two 3-pointers to close the Cardinal lead to 44-36.
But Eudora put the finishing touch on the contest late with solid free-throw shooting and even better shooting from the field. The Cardinals finished the game 4-for-5 from the free-throw line and hit seven of their eight shots from the field in the final quarter.
The win was the Cardinals seventh in eight games and fifth in league play.
Junior Erin Kracl led Eudora with 14 points, while Lister added 12.