Girls fall 47-37 in Tongie Invitational title match
The Eudora High girls’ offense got so cold in the second half of the Tonganoxie Invitational championship game on Saturday that the Cardinals scored as many points — 12 — in the second half as they did in the first quarter and Lansing won, 47-37.
After hitting 46 percent of their shots in the first two quarters, taking a three-point lead into halftime, the Cardinals went 4-for-16 from the floor and 3-for-8 from the foul line in the final three quarters.
Lansing, on the other hand, hit eight of 18 field goal attempts and was 7-for-10 from the line in the second half.
Eudora coach Ryan Luke said Lansing’s second-half defense was the difference in the title contest.
“They controlled the game with their pressure on the perimeter, and that was the big key to the game,” the Eudora coach said. “We had troubles in reversing the ball and getting the ball where we wanted to inside.”
Eudora hadn’t struggled like that all season, and Luke said the performance left him scratching his head a little.
“I think we had 12 points in the second half,” he said. “Obviously, that was horrible. That’s coaching, so we’ve got to work to improve that part.”
Although Eudora’s Bailey Scott and Haley Epperson, both of whom were named to the all-tournament team, had solid outings, Scott’s 17 points and points and five rebounds, but his presence, and that of his frontcourt mates, Deterding said, was felt in the paint as Eudora tried to attack inside.
“Those 6-5, 6-4 guys are really thick. I thought our big guys did a nice job of going at them,” Deterding said. “We did a good job going at them and not backing away. We just didn’t make the shots and that happens.”
Katzfey, who had 17 points to lead Eudora, attacked the paint more than any Cardinal and went 4-for-5 from the foul line in the process. Deterding said, however, Eudora didn’t get as many free throw attempts as he wanted because Justin Ballock was the only other Cardinal to attempt a free throw. Lansing, meanwhile, shot 15-for-18 at the line.
Quite out of the ordinary, Ballock, who along with Bricker was named to the all-tournament team, didn’t get in the scoring column until the fourth quarter, when he scored all six of his points.
“They weren’t going to give him anything easy,” Deterding said of Lansing’s defense. “He was going to have to earn it.”
The Lions’ defense was stingy throughout the second half as Eudora hit eight of 25 shots. The Cardinals especially struggled in the third quarter, when Lansing outscored them, 17-7.
“It seemed like every time we did something good, they’d come down and hit a three — a little dagger — each time,” Deterding said.
Eudora mad one last push with a 13-5 run in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to six with 2:10 remaining, but Lansing hit free throws down the stretch.
“Good teams do that,” Deterding said. “You can’t dig yourself out of a hole against good teams.”
Lansing responded with a 14-0 run to close the game.
Eudora’s coach said that despite the losses at Tonganoxie, the team should be better from the experience.
“Every game we play the rest of the way is going to be just like this tournament. Our league is so even,” Deterding said. “Our kids work hard. They’ll keep their heads up and they will show up ready to go.”
Eudora (8-4) played Sumner Academy on the road Tuesday night and lost 96-47. Ballock led Eudora with 12 points, Katzfey and Cody Carlson both added eight points.
Next up for the Cardinals is league foe Paola on Friday at Eudora.