Girls silence Thunder, win two of three
With his team up by 10 with three minutes to go, Eudora coach Ryan Luke didn’t instruct his team to slow down and run the clock. He told them to speed up.
The strategy worked, and Eudora pulled away from St. James and won, 46-33, Tuesday night at Eudora.
“We made some shots when we needed to in the second half,” Luke said. “Overall, it wasn’t the greatest game that we could play, but we found a way to win and keep that lead.”
St. James cut Eudora’s 13-point halftime lead to 35-29 early in the fourth, but Eudora responded with an 11-4 surge to close out the game.
“We just talked about being aggressive offensively,” Luke said. “We can get in little funks. We’re so unselfish as a team. Sometimes individually we look elsewhere for someone to do something and that’s what happened in the second half.
“I don’t think we came out and played very hard, but then I talked to them and told them we needed to be offensive threats, and they responded well.”
Bailey Scott led Eudora with 15 points. Senior teammates Haley Eppeson and Mariah Webb scored eight each, and Kendal Abel added five, Evan Folks and Rachel Pyle scored four. Monday night, Eudora traveled to Atchison and won easily, 74-24.
Monday night, Eudora traveled to Atchison and won easily, 74-24. Last Friday night, the girls traveled to Gardner and lost the league contest, 47-35.
“I thought we played hard and pretty well,” Luke said after the game. “Gardner is just a good team. They took us away from a lot of things we like to try and do. I just thought they played great team defense.”
Epperson led the Cardinals with 16 points and Folks added eight. Eudora led briefly in the first quarter and tied the score at 17 late in the first half. But Gardner ended the half on a 6-0 run to take a 23-17 lead into the locker room.
Eudora hung tough in the third quarter, as Webb and Epperson hit consecutive field goals to draw the Cardinals close at 23-21. But Eudora’s offense became stagnant and scored just four more points in the quarter.
“Sometimes we struggle scoring at times,” Luke said. “ And we have to make stops, too. So we want to get our fast-break going, and they just did a good job of not letting us do that. And that was the difference in the game.”
In the final period, Eudora cut Gardner’s lead to 32-30, but Gardner ended the game on a 15-5 run.
“That’s what good teams do,” Luke said. “We don’t like to lose, but we’re going to keep playing hard. I really do think we’re going to finish this season well. I do think we’re going to finish it on the right note.”
Next up for Eudora (12-6) is a home contest with Ottawa on Tuesday night. It will also be Senior Night.
“It’s our last home game and I think that we should be ready for it,” Epperson said. “Ottawa’s a good team, but we’re all stepping up at the right time. So it should be a good game.”