Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2007

Girls hope to be out of slump

February 15, 2007

The recent slump for the Eudora girls basketball team was like a distorted mirror image of how it played in mid-January, when the team went on a four-game winning streak.

But change is in the air for the now 8-8 Cardinals.

After losing five consecutive games, most recently to Sumner Academy 64-53, the Cardinals were needing a win. They got just that, as they came back with a vengeance, beating Prairie View 54-36.

Coach Ryan Luke said the team played an overall better game compared to its previous five.

"We shot a little better," Luke said. "The kids have just continued to play hard. We've played some pretty tough teams in the last two weeks. They are learning and understanding their role on the team a little bit better."

The important thing, though, was the Cardinals never got down on themselves during the losing streak, Luke said. He said he had not really seen a difference with the team's work ethic and the way it practices as a unit. He said everyone maintained a great attitude throughout and did not get down.

One person Luke said he was impressed with in the Prairie View game was sophomore Bailey Scott. Bailey was a lead scorer with 15 points, and three 3-pointers.

"She has some great skills," Luke said. "She's figuring out that if she can be aggressive offensively and defensively, she can do some impressive things. With her only being a sophomore, she's now realizing she needs to be aggressive to score. She's a good shooter."

In addition to having good attitudes, Luke said the team was playing more competitively, which was apparent in the game against Prairie View.

"They played hard, and it was a good game," Luke said. "For us, it was a good confidence booster, and it was just another day for us to play. That's what the kids needs, more chances to play. The more they play, the better they will get."

One aspect that has benefited from lots of playtime is the Cardinals' half-court offensive play. Luke said it has been a pleasure watching the team grow and come together throughout the season.

Even though the team just came out of a rough patch, Luke said he and the team were not changing their primary goal -- to play in the state tournament.

"What we want to do is get in a position to play well in (the sub-state tournament)," Luke said. "We're looking at playing either Piper or Ward in the first round. You really want to look toward going to state, so we've made that our goal."

The Cardinals played a rescheduled game against Paola Wednesday, but the scores were unavailable as of press time. Eudora is scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Osawatomie and then again at 8 p.m. Monday at Eudora High School against Louisburg.

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