EHS girls fall to Gardner at home, St. James on road
The Eudora girls basketball team knew it would likely have to play a near-flawless game to upset powerhouse Gardner Friday in Eudora.
But it was the Trailblazers that played to near perfection in their 57-14 victory over Eudora.
“Gardner’s an excellent team,” coach Todd Cossman said. “Gardner’s got a great chance of going to state. They’ve got five girls, and all five can shoot the ball. Their posts can shoot the three and score inside. And they pass the ball well, and they handle the ball well, and they’re long.”
Eudora trailed by just six at 11-5 with two minutes to play in the first quarter, as Shea Lounsbury scored on a layup, and Sydney Schmille and Evan Folks added free throws. But Gardner scored on two Eudora turnovers and took a 15-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Facing Gardner’s full-court press in the second quarter, Eudora had nine turnovers and scored just three points, while Gardner couldn’t miss and extended its lead to 26-8 at the half.
But in the third quarter, Gardner put the game away by outscoring the Cardinals 20-1.
“Match up and size-wise, they get after it on defense,” Cossman said. “And we still have too many turnovers.”
While the Cardinals were simply overmatched by a superior team, there were plenty of positives. Evan Folks again led the team in scoring, chipping in six points. Freshman Valerie Pringle made a difficult shot from the baseline in the second quarter, and Molly Brunton pulled down six rebounds.
“As soon as she came in off the bench, she really boarded well for us and gave us a little spark,” Cossman said of Brunton.
Eudora also played Tuesday night at St. James and lost 51-32. But the Cardinals played much better than the final score shows.
Eudora matched St. James almost bucket-for-bucket during the first three quarters before St. James opened the fourth with a 8-0 run.
“We actually set up and ran our offense for the first half, and just at the beginning of the fourth quarter it kind of got away from us,” said Folks, who scored eight points in the game.
In addition to seeing some much-needed offense, there were other positives as well.
“We ran our offense a whole lot better than we ran it all year, and we took care of it a lot better,” Cossman said.
Folks, Lounsbury and Victoria Lehmann scored eight apiece, and Schmille and Hannah Kouri added four each for the Cardinals.
Eudora will play Metro Academy Friday at Eudora.