Girls place sixth at Tonganoxie tourney
Even though the record isn’t what they’d like, the Eudora girls basketball team is making strides.
The Cardinals went 1-2 at the Tonganoxie Invitational, and could have won all three games they played.
Eudora fell to Tonganoxie 48-40 in the opening round, then bounced back and beat Atchison 58-33 on Thursday before falling to De Soto in the fifth-place game 44-37 on Saturday.
“We were right there all three games,” coach Todd Cossman said. “We’re being competitive and that’s better. We’ve just got to keep it up.”
Against Atchison, the Eudora defense nabbed 15 steals and held Atchison to 13-48 shooting. The Cardinals also made 19-of-23 free throws.
Evan Folks led the team with 14 points, Sydney Schmille and Shea Lounsbury added nine apiece and Hannah Kouri added six points against Atchison.
In the rematch against De Soto, Eudora led by one at the end of the first quarter, but De Soto outscored the Cardinals 22-10 in the second quarter. The Cardinals trailed by 15 at the end of the third quarter, but soon rallied back as Katie Slavin scored seven straight points to open the fourth.
“I think we put up a good fight,” Slavin said. “We came back from quite a few in the fourth quarter, and everybody tried pretty hard.”
Five of Slavin’s seven points came via two assists from Schmille.
“Sydney found her twice out of the high-post,” Cossman said. “She did a really good job passing out of their zone, and I thought we did a really good job against Atchison. We’ve been playing really well against zones.”
Eudora’s defense held De Soto to just 14 points in the second half, but a two-point third quarter put the Cardinals in a hole. Eudora though battled back and scored 16 in the fourth quarter.
“We played them well defensively, we just couldn’t hit shots,” Cossman said. “The worst part is we got shots, we just didn’t knock them down. And part of that’s nerves, part of that’s experience. We don’t have a lot of player who played a lot last year, and this is their first year playing a lot of varsity experience. But we’ve still got to knock down shots. And I thought that was the biggest key in the whole game.”
Another positive sign was that in the second half, Eudora out-rebounded De Soto by 12.
“It was a positive, and we attacked right at the end,” Cossman said. “And we’ve got to keeping attacking the whole game.”
Against De Soto, Folks led Eudora with 12 points, Slavin scored seven, and Schmille and Victoria Lehmann scored six a piece. Folks also made the All-Tournament team.
Eudora will play Friday at Paola.