Girls basketball tops Tonganoxie, falls at Silver Lake
The girls basketball teams from Tonganoxie and Eudora didn’t let the atmosphere of a practically empty gym and a seventh-place game stop them from producing a dramatic finish at the Paola Invitational Friday afternoon.
The game came down to the final possession, when Eudora’s Anyssa Mays knocked away a Chieftains in-bound pass with 1.7 seconds remaining to help EHS escape with a 40-39 victory.
Eudora took the lead for good on a baseline jumper from Jennifer Bowser with 24 seconds to go, and senior Sydney Schmille scored inside with only eight ticks remaining to provide EHS with just enough points to leave Paola with a win. Schmille scored 10 and Bowser scored eight to lead the Cardinals in scoring.
The Eudora girls then traveled Tuesday to Silver Lake looking for their second win a row, but turnovers plagued the team all game and the Cardinals fell, 38-23,
“We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball, obviously,” coach Todd Cossman said. “I thought momentum really swung in the second half off our turnovers. Then I thought we kind of got down for a little while, and that affected our defense, too.”
Despite the numerous turnovers in the first half, Eudora led by one at the break. But Silver Lake outscored the Cardinals 28-12 in the second half.
“I thought our defense was much better in the first half than in the second,” Cossman said. “I don’t think we played bad defensively at all. We held them under 40, but we’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the ball.”
The pivotal play in the game came with Eudora trailing by five in the final seconds of the third quarter. Silver Lake inbounded the ball beneath the EHS goal, and threw a deep ball across the half-court line. Silver Lake streaked down the court and scored on a layup at the buzzer.
“That really hurt our momentum” Cossman said. “The girls were really down. I tried to get them back up in the fourth quarter. It was a five-point game, which is very manageable.”
Victoria Lehmann and Evan Folks scored six points to lead the Cardinals in scoring, and Schmille added five and Hannah Kouri added four points for Eudora.
Despite the loss, Cossman said he was encouraged by his team’s hustle and scrappy play.
“We hustled hard the whole game,” he said. “That’s not the problem. We’ve just got to become more fundamentally sound.”
Eudora (2-3) plays Friday at Prairie View.