Gardner Tuesday afternoon's matinee start time didn't sit well with Eudora High's girls basketball team.
But after shaking off a sluggish first half en route to a 40-28 victory over Kansas City Piper at the Frontier League/Kaw Valley League Challenge, EHS coach Don Grosdidier suggested his Cardinals adapt to the early tipoffs.
"We've got to do a better job of focusing when we play that early," Grosdidier said. "We can't wait two quarters before we start playing every time. Eventually that's gonna wind up hurting us.
"It's tough because the girls are just getting out of class, then you get on a bus, then you play a game. It's not easy, but you have to be focused. In this case, we have to turn right around and do it again Thursday."
That's when Eudora will face Tonganoxie in their final game of the round-robin event. Grosdidier hopes that contest (4:30 p.m. at Spring Hill) goes more to plan for the Cardinals (3-0). EHS trailed 20-16 at halftime on Tuesday before dousing Piper (0-2) with a 16-6 third-quarter run.
"In the first half were just flat," Grosdidier said. "We weren't putting a lot of pressure on the ball defensively and we weren't blocking out. We were giving up a lot of second-chance points."
Eudora girls 40, KC Piper 28
Eudora 10 6 16 8 -- 40
KC Piper 10 10 6 2 -- 28
Eudora -- Jessa Stein 2, Jamie Grant 4, Jenny Tyler 6, Alison Rose 8, Kim Gardner 2, Kelly Neis 18.
KC Piper -- Alicia Daggett 2, Melissa Breedlove 2, Kate Jaklevic 4, Rachel Weaver 4, Jessica Shepler 9, Jennifer Kiblinger 7.
Baldwin 65, Ottawa 56, OT
Iola -- Ottawa needed last-second heroics to force overtime with Baldwin on Tuesday night in the Iola Tournament, but the Bulldogs outscored the Cyclones 12-3 in the extra frame.
Baldwin was ahead by three points with four seconds to play in regulation when Ottawa's Kelli Wadkins was fouled. She made the first free throw, missed the second on purpose and Rachel Goetz hit the game-tying shot at the buzzer.
But the Bulldogs (3-0) used full-court pressure to force several steals in overtime, resulting in easy buckets, and went on to win.
"I'm ecstatic," Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. "(Ottawa's Emilee) Hermreck had 33 (Monday night). We knew she was a force inside. Our post players did a great job tonight. We came here and did what we needed to do."
Baldwin will face Anderson County in the championship Friday.
Baldwin 65, Ottawa 56, OT
Baldwin 19 11 8 15 12 -- 65
Ottawa 12 13 16 12 3 -- 56
Baldwin -- Crystal Tutschulte 27, Amber Frost 20, Ruthanne McCreary 7, Janae Nuspl 6, Suzie Weege 2, Kim Sledd 2, Christie Wingert 1.
Ottawa -- Hull 16, Goetz 11, Hermreck 9, Dieterich 10, Wadkins 4, Gibson 2, Ross 2, Porter 2.
Gardner -- Deaven Workman led a trio of Chieftains in double figures with 18 points as Tonganoxie (2-0) survived a late rally to clip Gardner-Edgerton in the Frontier League-Kaw Valley League Preseason Invitational high school girls basketball tournament on Tuesday night.
"We beat a good team at their own place," Tongie coach John Lee said. "We barely hung on but this was a quality win."
Tied 28-all at halftime, the Chieftains took a 40-34 lead heading into the final quarter. Workman then took over from the free-throw line, as the 5-foot-8 junior cashed six of seven charities to help seal Tongie's win.
Tonganoxie 54, Gardner-Edgerton 51
Tonganoxie 12 16 12 14 -- 54
Gardner-Edgerton 16 12 6 17 -- 51
Tonganoxie -- Marcy Dodge 4, Jill Stauch 12, Deaven Workman 18, Andrea Korb 14, Kara Mark 6.
G-E -- Mandy Trigg 2, Crysti Beetge 1, Avery Sutton 1, Sheena Shore 3, Kelley Weiss 15, Angie Bartmess 24, Christen McCullough 5.