Archive for Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cardinal girls beat Blazers, blow out cats

February 14, 2008

With their backs against the wall, Eudora's girls piled it on.

Nudged into a second-place tie with Spring Hill in the Frontier League after a Jan. 31 loss to Louisburg, the Cardinals did just that.

The team blew open a close game against Gardner Edgerton Friday for a 44-33 victory, then really exploded Tuesday at De Soto, throttling the Wildcats, 50-17.

The win earns Eudora a start to what the Cardinals hope will be a lengthy winning streak.

"When we can get our pressure going, we're pretty good," Eudora coach Ryan Luke said. "We played really well. We came out really strong and that set the tone for the game."

Eudora jumped out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter, then extended that lead to 25-9 going into halftime.

In the third quarter, it got out of hand.

The Cardinals outscored De Soto 19-1 in the third, and that was without the use of their full-court press. Junior Bailey Scott hit a three from the corner right out of the halftime huddle, and the Cardinals showed they are focused as the sub-state tournament approaches.

"Each game is another step up for us," junior Haley Epperson said. "And once we get into the tournament, we'll be ready to go."

Laying back in a zone and making De Soto beat them from the perimeter, the Cardinals continued to dominate until Luke pulled his starters out of the game after the third, leading 44-10.

"The zone is something we may need. We wanted to see what we need to do better," Luke said. "That's not something we want to do all the time."

Epperson led the Cardinals with 13 points on a night that Eudora was balanced in its attack. Senior Emily Ballock scored 12 while four players scored eight points or more.

The more important win, in Epperson's mind, was the Gardner victory.

"The Gardner game was huge for us," Epperson said. "It was exciting and it gave us a lot of confidence."

The final score did not reflect that excitement, but Eudora led by just one, 22-21, after three quarters. The Cardinals were without senior post Nikki Snider, who sprained her ankle against Louisburg.

Snider returned against De Soto, scoring three points in limited action.

In the fourth, Ballock and Scott combined to score 18 points, together hitting nine of 12 free throws. Ballock led Eudora with 15, while Scott scored 11.

The next chance for Eudora to extend its two-game winning streak and stay in the hunt for a league title is Monday, when they play a makeup game against Atchison at home. The team then travels to Ottawa the next day.

"We have a hard week next week," Epperson said, "but we're ready to step up and play where we need to be."

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