Archive for Thursday, February 21, 2008

Girls notch pair of easy wins

February 21, 2008

The Eudora girls are still in the hunt, and a Frontier League title still is within reach.

Friday's game against Spring Hill at home does have implications for the Cardinals, even though the game will have no bearing on their sub-state seeding. Eudora plays host to 10-9 Bishop Ward in the opening round of sub-state Monday.

"We're playing some of our best basketball right now," senior Emily Ballock said. "The league title is very important to us. Even though it would be a co-championship, we still want to go for it."

Eudora arrives at this point in the season on a roll, blowing out Atchison Monday, 70-21. The Cardinals then took care of business against Ottawa Tuesday, 60-46. Senior Nikki Snider scored a game-high 17 points for Eudora.

The wins give them a four-game winning streak and plenty of momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.

Eudora was able to overcome a size disadvantage against Ottawa, limiting the Cyclones' junior post player Kara McFarland to eight points.

"We played good post defense," coach Ryan Luke said. "Limit their touches, and we'll be fine."

After a strong third quarter in which Eudora held the Cyclones to two points, the Cardinals were up 43-24.

Ottawa closed the gap to 13 points in the fourth quarter, but Eudora held on for the win.

Another phase of the game that the team has improved on is learning where and when to attack a zone defense. Ottawa fell back into the zone at times during the second quarter, but didn't stay in it for long as Eudora scored with ease.

"Emily Ballock did a great job attacking the basket," Luke said. "In terms of what we're trying to do, we're learning how we want to attack defenses. We understand where we're going when we reverse the ball."

The Cardinals play host to Spring Hill Friday night, Eudora's "Senior Night." Then the sub-state tournament begins at 7 p.m. Monday.

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