Cardinal girls take down Eagles, 48-35
The Eudora girls basketball team gave the Wellsville Eagles a lesson in sharing Tuesday as eight Cardinals etched their names into the score sheet in a 48-35 victory.
With no one player putting on a dominating performance, coach Todd Cossman received contributions all the way up and down his bench during the road win.
“We don’t have a scorer that is going to go and score 20 points every night,” he said. “Evan Folks is our best scorer, but we spread the ball around. Tonight was one of those nights when everyone contributed. I’m proud of the way we played.”
The first half was marked by a couple momentum swinging three-pointers by the Cardinals.
With just under a minute to play in the second quarter, and Eudora clinging to a 19-15 lead, Folks drilled a trey from the left wing. On the ensuing Eudora possession, with 20 seconds remaining in the half, Jennifer Bowser did her best Evan Folks impression and drained another deep shot from nearly the same spot on the court.
The Cardinals took a 25-18 lead into halftime — one they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest.
The third quarter was far and away Eudora’s best quarter as the Cardinals cut down on turnovers and limited the Eagles’ scoring opportunities.
“Every game at halftime we address turnovers,” Cossman said. “We have to value the basketball.”
Cossman’s concerns were addressed and corrected in the third period as Eudora committed just two turnovers and outscored Wellsville 16-8.
Victoria Lehmann provided the spark offensively as she scored six of her eight points inside.
After a shaky fourth quarter start that saw both teams turn the ball over twice on their first two possessions, Eudora found its form and began to attack the basket. As a result, the Cardinals entered the bonus early in the fourth quarter, and much of the final eight minutes were spent at the free throw line.
Bowser and Folks combined to go 3-4 from the stripe and, with the help of Lehmann’s rebounds underneath, led Eudora to the 13-point victory.
While his starters played well, Cossman said he was especially pleased with the contributions of his reserves.
“I was really pleased with our bench tonight,” he said. “I thought they played really well. Molly Brunton had a great game, so did Hannah Kouri and Katie Slavin.”
The Cardinals (3-4) will open league play against rival De Soto Friday at EHS.