Girls catch fire for blitz through sub-state
It's not quite accurate to say the Eudora girls basketball team capped a strong season with a long run in the sub-state basketball tournament.
Really, the long run through the tournament made it a strong season - and it made it one of the top sports stories of the year.
The girls fought through a roller coaster season and appeared to be on a serious down slope as they neared the sub-state tournament, having lost eight of 10 games. Some way, some how it all came together, however.
Playing with composure, creativity and skill, Eudora pulled off back-to-back upsets to advance to the championship. Eudora handled Bishop Ward in the tournament's first round, the Rachel Pyle led the team with 14 points as the Cards beat Frontier League rival Baldwin in the semi-finals.
Finally, the underdog Cardinals fell, losing to Tonganoxie in the Chieftains own gymnasium while playing for the right to advance to the state tournament.
Tongie won 46-34, but the game wasn't without it's exciting moments. Eudora was tied in the first half, and pulled within one in the third quarter before a late Tonganoxie run and a string of free throws put the game away.
It was a disappointing loss, but the end of an uplifting week for the team, the effects of which are still being felt. All but one player from that team returned for the new season.
Beating Ward and Baldwin were the season's strongest signs that this was a group to be reckoned with. The 2007-2008 Cardinals are still riding that wave of momentum as they now sit at 4-1 and should be a major contender for league and sub-state titles as the season wears on.