Louisburg too much for aching Cardinals
Despite a hard-fought second half, the Eudora boys basketball team was never able to recover from a slow first quarter, eventually losing to Louisburg Tuesday night, 64-51.
The Louisburg offense turned out to be too powerful of a machine, as the Cardinals found themselves with a 10-point deficit after just three minutes of play.
Coach Kyle Deterding said the Eudora defense was unable to properly defuse Louisburg early on, which resulted in the loss.
"They looked pretty good tonight," Deterding said of Louisburg. "We just couldn't slow them down. We were not very good in the defensive end. We let them get to the basket. We didn't talk on screens and gave them a lot of open looks."
Junior Aaron Shockley said the Cardinal defense suffered from a consistent lack of communication on the court, which created problems for the team.
"We didn't talk very well on defense," Shockley said. "They were a tough team. They ran a good offense and they had some really good shooters."
Matthew Abel started the second quarter off with a 3-pointer and closed the gap slightly, however the way Louisburg answered showed there wasn't much chance the Cardinals would celebrate senior night in style. Louisburg hit two 3-point shots over the next 20 seconds to blow the game open.
After a timeout, the Cardinals played with more intensity, mounting their largest run of six points. Matthew Abel busted through Louisburg and passed the ball to his cousin Morgan Abel for an easy layup. Seconds later, Morgan posted another two points with an assist from Brian White.
Deterding said Tuesday's points from Morgan were a welcome addition and well deserved.
"Morgan always works hard," Deterding said. "He's always going to run his tail off every time he's in for as long as he's in."
The third quarter saw some stronger play than the previous two, as Eudora landed three 3-pointers and came as close to Louisburg as it had all game, drawing to within four points at one time.
However hard Eudora pushed, though, Louisburg kept pushing more and again put distance between the two teams. By the time the end of the game neared, the Cardinals just could not dig themselves out of the hole.
Deterding said the Louisburg game showed continued improvement in consistent effort the Cardinals exerted. However, that effort was misdirected, he said, which resulted in the team not earning enough shooting opportunities.
"Our effort wasn't bad, it just wasn't very smart effort," Deterding said. "We just can't get down by double figures to good teams. We just didn't give ourselves enough chances, and you can't do that."
The week was not all bad for the Cardinals, though. Eudora beat Osawatomie 67-41 Friday. After both games this week, the Cardinals now have a 10-9 record.
Shockley said he hoped the team's final regular-season game, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Eudora High School against Wellsville, would allow the team to get back and track and catapult the Cardinals into the sub-state tournament next week with confidence.
"We just want to end the season with a good win and get a good seed at sub-state," Shockley said. "We should do pretty well."