Middle school basketball
Middle school basketball
The eighth-grade varsity dropped a hard fought 50-37 loss to Louisburg Monday at Eudora Middle School.
Coach Kevin Wade said the Cardinals played one of their toughest games of the year.
Without a couple of starters, the Cardinals picked up the slack and played very hard en route to the loss.
The Cardinals stay at home Monday against rival Wellsville.
Eudora couldn't buy a bucket and Paola seemed like they couldn't miss in the eighth-grade varsity basketball game Jan. 16 against Paola.
Poor shooting by Eudora (3-of-31) and hot shooting by Paola led to a 45-8 loss
Coach Kevin Wade said the Cardinals played very hard and gave great effort, but it wasn't Eudora's night.
The seventh-grade varsity boys fell short of victory Monday night, trailing by 10 points most of the game, but nearly pulling off a late-game tie. The Cards lost 32-29 to the Louisburg Wildcats.
The team was short-staffed because of illness, having only six players available for most of the game because of junior varsity staffing issues.
Coach Todd Chapple said the final two minutes were the most impressive for the Cards as they cut a 12-point gap to three. With 14 seconds and the ball, the team failed to get a shot off because of an inbounds trap by Louisburg.
Brennen Williams led the team with 17 points. Jordan Ballock had 10 and Chris Pyle added two.
The team travels to Wellsville Monday.
The team traveled to Paola Jan. 16 and played one good half of basketball, but didn't show up for the second, losing 34-21.
Trailing by only two points at half, Chapple said the Cards were sluggish coming out of the chute in the second. Silly turnovers and costly fouls proved to be the difference, he said.
The Cardinals were led by Ballock's 10 points. Williams finished with six and Derek Webb and Carter Olson each had two.
A decisively one-sided rout suffered at the hands of the Wheatridge Mustangs Tuesday gave the seventh-grade junior varsity its third loss of the season, as the white squad fell 41-4.
Coach Jason Gray said the Cards turned in a valiant effort, but unfortunately effort alone doesn't win basketball games.
The junior varsity red team Monday defeated Louisburg 28-12.
After heading into the locker room with a narrow 14-10 lead at halftime, Eudora was able to pull away in the third and fourth quarters.
Behind stiffling defense and sound scoring, the Cardinals held Louisburg to two third-quarter points in the second half while getting 14 of their own.
Mike Hatton led Eudora with 16 points. Derek Higgins and Carter Olson had four apiece. Cody Howard and Jared Ireland had two each.
After a positive showing in their first game, the seventh-grade junior varsity white squad ran into a road block Jan. 16 in the form of Spring Hill, falling 28-6, evening the team's record to 2-2.
Gray said Spring Hill's potent perimeter shooting combined with 28 Cardinal turnovers were way too much to overcome.
The junior varsity teams will take their 3-3 record to Wellsville on Monday for two games.