Eudora Will the real Eudora High girls basketball team please stand up?
Surely that wasn't the No. 5-ranked team in Class 4A that played Louisburg on Tuesday night. Couldn't have been.
Louisburg outscored the Cardinals, 34-7, in the second half on the way to a stunning 55-27 Frontier League victory.
"We struggled all night for offense," Eudora coach Don Grosdidier said, "and couldn't find it."
In eight previous games, Eudora had lost just once. True, it was to Louisburg, but that was on the road and the score was a taut 47-41.
Tuesday's rematch looked like another nail-biter for two quarters and change. With 7:36 remaining in the third quarter, the score was deadlocked at 21-21.
Then Eudora's wheels fell off. Louisburg outscored the Cardinals 20-4 the rest of the quarter and 14-2 in the fourth.
More ugly Eudora numbers: The Cardinals made only three of 24 shots (12.5 percent) in the second half, and committed 13 turnovers. Grosdidier used eight players primarily. Just three of them scored.
"I've never seen anybody win with just three players scoring," Grosdidier said.
In that decisive third quarter, Louisburg counted practically all of its 20 points inside.
Half were by Melissa Sauber, a 5-foot-6 senior who wheeled with impunity underneath and finished with a game-high 21 points.
"We're a lot taller than they are overall," Grosdidier said. "I'm real disappointed with our effort on the boards. That's where we got killed. We got beat inside all the way around."
Louisburg also had 12 points from point guard Beth Seuferling who drilled a trio of three-pointers -- all in the first half.
Kelly Neis, a 5-8 junior, led Eudora with 13 points. Six-foot senior Jamie Grant and 5-8 senior Jenny Tyler added seven apiece. That was it. No other Cardinals scored.
Eudora will entertain 2-6 McLouth on Friday night, and Grosdidier expects to have 5-11 senior Allison Rose back in the lineup. Rose has missed three games since undergoing minor knee surgery during the holiday break.
"She has a doctor's appointment on Thursday and we expect she'll be cleared to play again," Grosdidier said. "Her knee looks strong, but one of the biggest things will be conditioning. I imagine she'll play a little bit against McLouth."
Eudora will play in the Wellsville Top Gun Invitational next week.
"It looks like a pretty balanced field there," Grosdidier said. "I would have thought we would have been one of the better teams there, but now I don't know. We have to find ourselves."
Louisburg 55, Eudora 27
Heather Clevenger 0 0-0 0, Melissa Sauber 10 1-3 21, Lauren Brown 2 1-4 5, Cassi Duncan 2 2-3 6, Beth Seuferling 4 1-3 12, Krystal Bowes 3 0-0 7, Sara Klassen 0 3-4 3, Libby Dean 0 0-1 0, Krysta York 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 9-20 55.
Jenny Tyler 1 3-7 7, Kim Gardner 0 0-0 0, Jamie Grant 3 1-2 7, Kelly Neis 6 1-4 13, Sarah Hinman 0 0-0 0, Jessa Stein 0 0-0 0, Katie Miller 0 0-0 0, Melanie Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-17 27.
Louisburg 12 9 20 14 -- 55
Eudora 11 9 5 2 -- 27
Three-point goals: Seuferling 3, Bowes. Total fouls: Louisburg 17, Eudora 19. Fouled out: Brown, Hinman.
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