Eudora — Shea Lounsbury’s free throw with 14.4 seconds to play put the Eudora High girls up four points, and the No. 3 seed Cardinals knocked off No. 2 Piper, 51-47, Friday in a Class 4A state basketball sub-state game to advance to tonight’s sub-state championship game against St. James.
Lounsbury scored four points, and her hustle and defense off the bench energized the Cardinals. Lounsbury had eight rebounds, two assists and a late block to preserve Eudora’s victory.
“If we had not played like we had with all of our emotion and all of our hustle, we could not have won that game,” Lounsbury said. “We talked through the whole game. Our intensity, it was amazing. And if we do that tomorrow, there’s no one that can stop us.”
Senior Haley Epperson led Eudora (15-7) with 16 points, nine in the second half. Bailey Scott scored 15 points, hit a three, had three steals and went 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Eudora went 21-for-26 from the stripe.
"We played at a different level tonight,” Eudora coach Ryan Luke said.
It is the third year in a row that the Eudora girls have advanced to the sub-state title game. The previous two trips ended one win short of going to state.
Basehor-Linwood 58, Tonganoxie 33
Perry — Basehor-Linwood High senior Bren Koontz exploded for 16 third-quarter points to propel the Bobcats past the Tonganoxie girls in a Class 4A sub-state semifinal.
The Chieftains (15-7) were down just six at the half, but Koontz caught fire in the third, scoring eight consecutive points for Basehor-Linwood (17-5) during a 10-2 run that opened the third quarter.
Tonganoxie’s only points in that stretch came on a jumper from sophomore Danielle Miller, who later hit two free throws with 3:51 remaining to cut the BLHS lead to 12.