Junior high basketball
The eighth-grade varsity boys basketball team concluded the home portion of its schedule Feb. 15 with a 35-31 victory over Central Heights. Eudora opened with an 11-point halftime lead and maintained it throughout the third quarter. A shaky fourth quarter led to a great comeback by Central Heights to cut the lead at one point in the game to two. After calming down, running good offense and picking up the defensive play, the Cardinals finished strong for the win.
The team ended its season on a sour note Tuesday, losing to Lexington Trails by a score of 55-45.
"A wonderful effort couldn't mask the 3-point shooting by Lexington Trails," coach Kevin Wade said. "Although the season ended on a losing note, it was a wonderful season for the Cardinals."
Finishing with a record of 7-8, the Cardinals continued to improve and grow throughout the year, he said.
The season officially concludes with an awards ceremony Friday in the middle school gym.
The seventh-grade varsity boys basketball team traveled to play undefeated Central Heights Feb. 15, with a chance to place a blemish on a perfect season, but came up short, losing 39-21.
The Cardinals outscored the Vikings in the fourth quarter.
Brennen Williams led the team with eight points. Jordan Ballock finished with five. Lucas Becker had four and Ryan Leary and David Pierce had two each.
The team traveled to Ottawa Feb. 17 and faced a tough Spring Hill team in the first round of the Ottawa tournament, getting shellacked 53-17.
Coach Todd Chapple said the Spring Hill team had too many weapons and the Cards had few answers in the loss.
Williams led the team with six. Ballock and Chris Pyle had three each. Cody Howard and Becker had two apiece and Carter Olson finished with one.
In what may have been the Cardinals best showing of the season, Chapple said the boys ran around the Louisburg Wildcats like gangbusters, breaking the Cats full court press as if it wasn't even there, winning 49-38 in the second game of the tourney. The Cards avenged a loss to the Wildcats from earlier in the season.
Chapple said the game wasn't entirely perfect, however.
After falling behind early, the Cardinals starters were replaced by the entire crew of reserves. The reserves brought the team back from a 17-8 deficit, to a 25-21 halftime lead, executing on offense and defense to near perfection,
Because of the great success of the substitutes, the reserves started the second half and continued on with its success of breaking the press and defensive stops.
The team was led by Becker's 16 points. Mike Hatton and Williams also contributed 11 points each. David Pierce finished with seven. Ballock had three. Olson had two and Pyle ended with one.
The seventh-grade varsity finished its season on a high note Tuesday, defeating Lexington Trails 41-38.
The Cards trailed most of the game, but fought back in the fourth quarter. A full court press caused many turnovers, and the Cards capitalized on their opponents' mistakes. Brennen Williams once again led the team with 18 points. Hatton and Pyle had six apiece. Ryan Leary finished with five. Ballock had four and Becker had two.
The seventh-grade junior varsity red team traveled to Central Heights Feb. 15.
The Cards opened the game rather sluggish and sloppy, committing 13 turnovers.
Eudora turned in a great second-half effort, which included a 12-2 fourth-quarter run, however Central Heights' lead proved insurmountable as Eudora dropped its third game in a row, lowering the overall season record to 6-8.
Carter Olson led the team with eight points. Jared Ireland had seven and Lucas Becker finished with four.
The junior varsity white squad looked to end the season on a high note against Lexington Trails Tuesday. Eudora led most of the game, but unfortunately went down by the score of 36-31. Costly turnovers proved too much to overcome late as the Cards finished their season with a combined record of 6-11.
Mike Hatton led the team with 14 points. Christian Turnbaugh finished with eight. Anthony Wagner had four. Kevin Robinson and Ryan Leary had two each and Cody Howard had one.
"The school and the community can be proud, as the boys exhibited class, character, integrity and sportsmanship throughout the entire season, representing Eudora and EMS in nothing but a positive way," coach Jason Gray said.