It was a much better basketball weekend for the Eads Lady Eagles as they only had one game---and that one scheduled on a rare Thursday. On this night, they traveled to Wiley to take on an athletic and improving Panther group that has the capabilities of giving Eads a tough game. The Lady Eagles came away with the win, 44-30.
After the first quarter, the two teams were all knotted up at 11 apiece. While senior Brenna Rouse helped Eads out with a long ball midway through the first stanza, the rest of starters took a long time to warm up. Besides Rouse, and a bucket by Kaylee Wilson, the rest of the scoring came from the bench including a couple of free throws from sophomore Kaycee Ellenberger and a bucket from Hadlie Rittgers. Wiley managed to slip in a couple of long balls over the man defense Eads has been putting on the floor.
The Lady Eagles would get the advantage by halftime as, finally, they began to feed Mariah Smith inside. Wiley struggled to contain Smith who hit four jumpers and was on the charity line three times in the second period. Lauren Spady hit a rare three ball that hurt the Wiley defense as they began to sink in on Smith. By halftime Eads had a slim, 25-22, lead.
Eads’ strong defense began to wear down the Panthers and they also got into some foul trouble as two key players, Marisa Vazquez and Sarah Burk, had to be conserved throughout the second half. Eads would outscore the Panthers, 10-4, in the third period with Miranda Mitchek finally picking up the pace playing at the speed she does best. Rittgers got a key bucket and Smith had a key put back as Wiley struggled in the third. However, only Mitchek’s energy was left in the fourth period and the junior point guard would do all the scoring including a series of possessions where she hit a jumper and two three-balls. Mitchek’s nine points would be enough to do the Panthers in as they could only manage four more against the tough Eads defense.
Only Mitchek and Smith scored in double figures with Mitchek leading the way with 15 points and Smith adding 11 more. No other stats were available.
The Eads JV girls got to play a rare full game at Wiley, as well. Eads won an exciting 29-28 game. Their defense kept Wiley scoreless in the first quarter, but the Panthers came back scoring 13 in the second. Eads was helped by two long balls from sophomore Cynthia Watson. Ellenberger kept the Eagles in the game in the first half as she was on the line 8 times hitting half the charity shots. At halftime Eads led 14-13. Wiley nailed a couple of three balls to make the game interesting in the final period. Morgyn Johnson carried Eads in the fourth while Ally Spady hit two key free throws. Johnson led with 9 points while Spady, Ellenberger, and Watson all contributed six apiece in the win.
Eads (10-3) got back on track in the nick of time as they will need a very good week of practice to prepare for the #1 team in the state, Kit Carson. Eads will travel to meet up with the undefeated Wildcats on Friday for a key conference game. Things won’t get any easier on Saturday as the Eads girls will need to get a win at Holly against a very good Wildcat team.
Photo Credit Holly Mitchek