The Eads Lady Eagles put together a solid first game and defeated a traditional powerhouse, Flagler/Hi-Plains, 47-22, in their home and season opener on Friday night. They are 1-0 and will enter the Border Wars Tournament in Kansas as the newest addition to the lineup.
Head coach Trey Eder liked what he saw, “In the first game of the season going in we didn’t know what to expect having not played Flagler/Hi-Plains in a quite a few years. I thought we played well.”
It took Eads a few times up and down the court to settle in, but their hustle paid off with a 17-4 start in the initial quarter. Junior Morgyn Johnson had a big game for the Eagles as she got them rolling being strong off the boards. She would score three buckets on offensive rebounds and was on the free throw line five times in the first period drilling all five attempts.
Senior Kaylee Wilson was steady throughout the game. She would score three times off of mid-range jumpers over the smaller Thunder girls.
Eads’ offense continued to roll into the second period as four Eagles got in the column. Johnson nailed a couple of more buckets off of offensive rebounds, and Wilson found her range hitting for a deuce and then a trey. The guards Ally Spady and Rhealie Rittgers also found a little room on the outside for 4 and 2 points respectively in the second quarter.
Eads led 32-15 at the intermission.
Eder was particularly happy with his defense. “We made some defensive changes this year, and I thought we played well and had good rotations and brought effort and hustle to that end of the floor. We got a little stagnant in the second half, but by the end, I was very happy with the first game of the year.”
And Eder’s defense did a great job holding down the Thunder for the rest of the game, as in the second half they would only score 7 total points. The Thunder’s senior guard Dessie Parry hit her second of two three balls in the contest late in the third period, which would be the only bucket in the quarter for the girls from the north.
Hadlie Rittgers did some good work in the third period scoring twice. By the end of three, Eads had the upperhand in control, 40-18.
The final period did not produce much for either side as they teams used their benches liberally. Only Wilson, Spady, and Emily Gyurman found the hoop in the final period.
Johnson led all scorers with 17 points and just missed a double-double performance with 9 rebounds. The junior also had an impressive 6 steals.
Wilson chipped in 13 points and pulled down 5 boards. Spady had 8 points, Eads shot a decent 40% from the floor and were 6-for-9 from the free throw line.
The Eads JV group also got a nice win over the Thunder on Friday night, 19-14. In that contest freshman Rhealie Rittgers hit for 13 of the 19 points. Kyra Sheridan chipped in four points.
Eads now enters the Border Wars for the first time in Eads preps history. The Colorado-Kansas rivalry will heat up starting on Tuesday, December 4 when Eads takes on Elkhart, KS. They then play Stanton County on Friday at 2:30 pm and Syracuse on Saturday at 4:30 pm. All games are in Syracuse.
As for Coach Eder, he’s excited to get into both the Border Wars and the Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament. “We will watch film and make changes and improvements as we go into this next two weeks of tournaments.”
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