Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Girls blast off after slow start

February 9, 2006

Another slow start left the Eudora Cardinals down by four points in the early going of Tuesday's Frontier League showdown with Wellsville.

The Eagles hit two quick shots on two Eudora turnovers to gain a bit of momentum in the game's opening minutes.

At the six-minute mark, the Wellsville momentum was nothing more than a memory as the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run on their way to a resounding 67-29 victory at Wellsville High School.

"We started kind of slow again, but we really played well in the three quarters afterward," Eudora coach Ryan Luke said. "It's nice to see how good we are when we're firing on all cylinders."

Eudora (11-5, 7-1) built its momentum in the early part of the second quarter as Wellsville turned the ball over 15 times, helping the Cardinals build a 12-point halftime lead.

The third quarter, however, was where the visiting Cardinals really put it all together, as they raced out of the gates with a commanding 21-2 run that spanned seven minutes. When the quarter ended, Eudora sat on a 46-17 lead.

Perhaps the best part of the Cardinals' third quarter was the effort on defense.

Wellsville committed eight more turnovers in the third, including six steals by Eudora which led to nine points during the deciding run.

"That was a big part of our game tonight," Luke said. "That's how we create our own offense is on defense and they did a great job of that tonight."

The Eagles managed only six shots in the third quarter, while no Wellsville player scored more than six for the game.

Eudora dominated in the rebounding department as well, taking it to the Eagles 26-12 on the backboards, including nine offensive rebounds by senior Carrie Lister.

The Cardinals' starters enjoyed good nights offensively, especially sophomore Nikki Snider, who lit up the Eagles for 17 points for her fifth-consecutive game scoring in double figures. Lister joined Snider with 16, while sophomore Emily Ballock added eight.

Junior Erin Kracl scored nine in the win, also grabbing five rebounds.

The 38-point win was a bit of a respite from Friday's decisive loss to KC Sumner and was a turn in the right direction according to the head coach, who has seen his team win nine of its last 11 games.

"We took a step tonight," Luke said. "We had a great three-and-a-half quarters tonight but we need to learn to turn it into four quarters. We could be pretty scary when we put it all together."

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