Somebody turned the heat up in the Pleasant Ridge gym in the fourth quarter. Only the host Rams felt it, though.
"They got extremely hot," Eudora coach Bob Sailler said after the Rams rallied for a 55-53 victory over his team in Easton. "They hit a bunch of three-point shots and went eight of eight at the line."
Eudora seemingly owned a safe 16-point lead (42-26) going into the final stanza. Then the thermometer began to rise.
"It seemed like they scored every time they got the ball," Sailler said. "We got some crucial calls against us and it seemed like it snowballed."
With a minute and a half remaining, Eudora clung to a 53-52 lead. Then Pleasant Ridge's Josh Knight converted a three-point play that stood up because the Cards still couldn't feel the heat.
"WE HAD good shots," Sailler said, "but we didn't hit 'em."
It was the sixth loss in eight games for the Cardinals. Four of those defeats have been by three points or less.
"It seems like they've all been like that," Sailler said. "But this one was really hard because we had a nice lead. For three quarters, we played as well as we can play."
Joel Morgan paced the Cards with 15 points.
In other area games on Friday night:
Jackson Heights pounded Oskaloosa, 70-35, to hand the Bears their eighth loss in nine starts. John Cropper led Oskie with a dozen points.
Jefferson North stopped McLouth, 77-53, despite 20 points from 6-1 sophomore Jason Sullivan. McLouth slipped to 4-5. Jeff North is 7-1.
PLEASANT RIDGE 55, EUDORA 53 Eudora
FJ Pleasant Ridge
Eudora: J. Gabriel 8, Buckley 3, Stone 9, A. Gabriel 3, Morgan 15, Fish 7, Jerome 8.
Pleasant Ridge: Beying 8, Anderson 4, Behrens 18, Fitzpatrick 12, Knight 10, Wagner 3.
JACKSON HEIGHTS 70, OSKALOOSA 35 Oskaloosa
FJ Jackson Heights
Oskaloosa: Lloyd 9, Thompson 4, Fuhrmans 4, Cropper 12, White 6.
Jackson Heights: S. Wheeler 2, Teter 6, M. Wheeler 12, D. Shupe 11, Snavely 7, Huffles 4, Hundley 24, Mitchell 2. S. Shupe 2.
JEFFERSON NORTH 77, McLOUTH 53 McLouth
FJ Jefferson North
McLouth: Miller 3, Rob Haney 11, Rick Haney 16, Sullivan 20, Carlson 3.
Jefferson North: Funk 3, Perkins 2, Vossler 2, Henson 12, Ostrander 20, Aspinwall 5, Noff 5, Schneider 24, Decker 4.