Eudora girls enter as top seed
The Eudora High girls are led by its group of seniors, notably Haley Epperson. Epperson is the Cardinals’ leading scorer, and Eudora (7-1) always looks to establish her inside early.
At 5-foot-10, Epperson has the height to tower over some players inside and she is also quick enough to maneuver around defenders in the paint with or without the ball. Epperson get the vast majority of her points on the block, but she also has a jump shot that stretches the defense when she plays on the perimeter.
Epperson has scored 20 or more points numerous times this year and is one of Eudora’s leading rebounders. While Epperson can, at times, score at will on opponents, Eudora also has three senior guards in Rachel Pyle, Bailey Scott and Kendal Abel who can be productive on the perimeter.
Pyle is the team’s point guard and Eudora’s offense essentially starts with her. While the Cardinals look to get the ball to Epperson as much as possible, Scott and Abel give Eudora some punch from three-point land.
Scott has hit four threes in a game this season and seems to have a knack for hitting threes in the corners after getting open on the baseline. Abel missed time early in the season with a foot injury but is rounding back to form. Abel can also hit from the perimeter and plays scrappy defense on the ball. Post player Shea Lounsbury is all hustle when she’s on the court and has logged some quality minutes when filling in for Epperson. The Cardinals like to press full-court after a field goal, and Pyle and Scott are often recipients of easy baskets that come from their ability to steal the ball in the backcourt.
“We have some good guards that are relentless as far as pressure and anticipating passes and doing those types of things,” Eudora coach Ryan Luke said. “We have some good quickness and good speed. That’s one of the reasons why we like to use our pressure.”
Eudora beat Tonganoxie in the Eudora Invitational Tournament early in the season and finished runner-up to Paola in that tournament. The Cardinals also have wins against Anderson County, Silver Lake and Baldwin.