Eudora boys win one, lose one
A late rally couldn't help overcome ice-cold first-quarter shooting as Eudora saw its three-game winning streak end Friday at Spring Hill, 69-64.
The Cardinals shot a meager 17 percent from the field in the first quarter, which allowed the Broncos to charge out to a commanding 19-8 lead.
"We came out really flat," Eudora coach Kyle Deterding said. "And whenever you dig yourself a hole like that, it's a tough mountain to climb. We climbed it, but it wasn't enough."
Eudora started the climb in the second quarter by hitting its first two shots. But the momentum generated was only enough to keep pace with the Broncos.
Spring Hill's Travis Edwards and Cole Henkle answered Eudora basket for basket in protecting its double-digit lead.
Eudora chances seemed to improve when the Broncos' Dustin Smith left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Smith had already burned the Cardinals for 10 points before his exit.
The Cardinals, at one time, cut the Broncos' 12-point lead down to seven at 28-21, before Spring Hill went on a 9-3 run to close out the half with a 37-24 lead.
The Cardinals began their rally in earnest in the third quarter as senior Rodney Spillman began to see daylight underneath the basket and scored nine of his team-high 17 points in the period.
The inside game helped loosen up the Bronco defense allowing senior Mark Abel and junior Tim DeArmond to hit short-range jumpers to cut Spring Hill's lead to 46-45 with less than a minute to go in the third.
But Spring Hill took advantage of the final seconds to go on a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Bruce Reed as time expired.
The Cardinals did not back down as they came out on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to three before Spring Hill could answer. Kasey Ahlenstorf finally got something new going for the Broncos, however, as he hit a 3-pointer to get Spring Hill back to a six-point lead.
Eudora fought back once again and on a pair of free throws by Mark Abel, took their first lead of the game, 59-58.
The game was tied at 63 with less than two minutes to go when the Cardinals offense once again dried up. Eudora went 0-for-3 from the field in the final two minutes, which allowed the Broncos to seal the win at the free-throw line by going 4-for-5.
The loss was the first Frontier League setback for the Cardinals, who fall to 3-1 in the league standings.
The Cardinals wasted little time Wednesday in pounding the Prairie View Buffalos 65-41 at Eudora High School.
Eudora used good shooting and even better defense to race out to a 40-18 halftime lead.
Spillman led the Cardinals with 20 points on the night, which was the senior's seventh game in double-figure scoring this year.
The victory was the third straight for the Cardinals overall and the third win in Frontier League play this season.