Middle school basketball
The seventh-grade varsity boys basketball team held on to a late fourth-quarter lead against Tonganoxie Jan. 9, improving their record to 2-2, with a 29-23 victory.
The Cardinals were led by Jordan Ballock's 13 points. Brennan Williams had 12 points. Derek Webb had three and Ryan Leary had one.
With a six-point lead with 1:30 to play, the Cards held on to the ball, and put Tonganoxie in a foul situation. The team held on for the win by controlling the clock and the ball, keeping them scoreless and sealing the win.
In action against Ottawa Jan. 11, Eudora allowed Ottawa's main post player to score 22 points. The Cardinals lost 43-16, bringing the team's record to 2-3.
Williams and Chris Pyle led scoring with four each. Ballock and Carter Olson had three each and Lucas Becker had two.
The seventh-grade junior varsity white team opened its season Jan. 9 with a home win against Tonganoxie, bringing the JV record to 1-1. Key rebounding, good, solid team defense, and balanced scoring helped the Cards pull out a tight one with a score of 15-13. Anthony Wagner led the Cardinals with six points. Matthew Gadberry had four. Brock Miller finished with three and Austin Merkel had two.
The team pulled off a 25-14 victory Jan. 11 over the Ottawa Whirlwind. The team blew Ottawa out in the fourth quarter, 11-0, led by Mike Hatton's game-high 14 points. Derek Higgins had seven and Austin Seawright finished with four.
The team is now 2-1 for the season.
The eighth-grade varsity dropped a 36-26 contest to Tonganoxie Jan. 9. Poor shooting and struggles on defense led to the loss.
The team put together one of its most complete games of the season Jan. 11 in a 30-17 win over Ottawa.
Coach Kevin Wade said the Cardinals' aggressive pressing style of defense paid off as they forced several turnovers, which led to easy baskets. He said patience against Ottawa's press and getting good shots in the half court offense also played a key part in the victory.
The eighth-grade junior varsity team played well in its game Jan. 11 against Ottawa, trailing by only two midway through the fourth. But struggles down the stretch led to a 23-13 loss at home.