The Eads girls’ team started their 2019 campaign by hosting arguably the best team in the state, the Kit Carson Lady Wildcats, who are undefeated and ranked at the top in 1A basketball. Although Eads competed for a half against the domination of Kit Carson, they would eventually fall, 64-28. But things quickly turned around as the Lady Eagles put on a good show on Saturday when they welcomed the Lady Knighted Eagles from Stratton/Liberty to Eads and treating them to a 47-25 defeat.
After a very difficult December, the Eads girls are now 4-5 on the season and look strong to make a run into the heart of the schedule.
Head Coach Trey Eder was optimistic about this team’s performance out of the 2019 gates despite the large loss to Kit Carson, “It was a good opening week after the break. We fell to a really good Kit Carson team, but I feel we played hard until the end and played well. Their size is hard to overcome, and we struggled to score and keep them from getting some rebounds and fast breaks, but I felt like it was a good game for our girls.”
Early in the contest with Kit Carson, the Lady Eagles used an effective scoring triangle with post Morgyn Johnson, shooting forward Kaylee Wilson, and point guard Ally Spady. Each would have a couple of buckets in the first period to pace Eads. However, the Cats, leading by just two points late in the first period made a late run behind a three ball from Cat junior Reyna Isenbart to extend their lead to 16-11 after the first.
After that, however, Kit Carson’s size, as Eder stated, was too much for the much smaller Eagles to deal with. The Cats starting lineup ranges from 5’11 to 6’ 2 and can still bring a couple of big girls in freshman Stephanie Framel and sophomore Cally Booker-Rady in off the bench. That size and excellent skill level that Kit Carson possesses allowed them to outscore the Eagles in a big way throughout the rest of the game.
Tess Hornung led the Cats with 21 points and Reyna Isenbart added 11 more and also had 9 boards. Haley Johnson was a strong force on both sides of the ball putting in 9 points and contributing 7 assists to her team mates, most from fast breaks initiated by Johnson. McKenzie Smith added 9 points in the win.
Eads used a big first half in the Stratton-Liberty game to put the game on the rocks as they outscored their opponent 19-7 and 13-2. Most of the scoring came from the same effective triangle from Friday night. But there was an added element to the Eads game as senior Hadlie Rittgers had perhaps her best game thus far of the season putting in four jumpers and going 3-for-4 from the free throw line in the first half.
The young Spady was also on fire early hitting for 8 points, while Wilson made some nice offensive moves resulting in money for 10 points in the first half.
The scoring slowed down into he second half, but Eads still gained a tad more advantage outscoring the Lady Knighted Eagles 11-8 in the third as Wilson hit for a triple and a double and Ally Spady hit a couple more jumpers. By the end of three periods, Eads was in complete control and Eder was able to look at his bench leading, 43-17.
Wilson and Rittgers each had 15 points in the Eads win while Spady added 12 more. Stratton-Liberty’s Andrea Hornung had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Mattie Crouse added 10 points.
Eder was generally happy with what he saw on Saturday stating, “We opened the game strong with good energy and effort and built a good halftime lead which allowed us to be able to work on some things in the second half. Once again, our shooting was not the greatest, but we will continue to work on it and hopefully get that turned around going forward.”
The Eads JV team was dominated by Kit Carson on Friday night, 36-4, with Tieler Randel scoring 9 points, Mecede Smith added 7 more, Faith Johnson chipped in 5 counters, and both Allison Gekeler and Framel put in 4 apiece. Only Crystal Watson and Kyra Sheridan was able to put in a bucket apiece. The Eads JV girls did much better against Stratton-Liberty on Saturday night winning 22-20 with Kiya Leonard leading the way with 10 points, followed by Reagen Johnson with 5, Kyra Sheridan with 4, and Watson with 3 more.
Eads now travels north to Idalia to take on a decent Wolves group on Friday night. The non-conference game is the only one scheduled for this week.