It was a slow, very slow start for the Eads Lady Eagles Thursday night in Wiley as the Panthers came out firing on all cylinders and focused on both sides of the ball. Despite being tied at halftime, 28-28, Eads managed to out-distance the Lady Pan-thers, 60-40, to extend their overall season record to 10-3. Eads now prepares for a big conference game at Kit Carson on Friday night with the undefeated Wildcats who are ranked #2 in the coloradopreps.com state poll and sporting a 12-0 record.
The Eads girls then meet Holly (5-9) at the Plainview High School gym on Saturday night for a non-conference contest. Before the favored Eagles realized what had happened, they found themselves down on the scoreboard in Wiley 7-2 midway through the first period as the shorter, faster starting Eagle lineup struggled to hit shots and the full-court zone press did not influence a prepared Wiley staff. It would take the bigs for Eads in the form of Brooklyn Lenox and Mariah Smith to come in off the bench and deflect a little of the six-man point contribution Wiley was producing. Slowly, Eads would make some gain behind two quick buckets by Smith. But late in the first quarter, Eads would slip as the hot-handed Wiley group hit a high percentage of their shots. By the end of one, Eads was trailing 19-12.
Coach Trey Eder made a crucial coaching decision and brought his group back on the court to start the second period in a man defense instead of the 2-3 zone used in the first period. This defense caused problems for the Panthers as Eads slowly climbed their way back into the contest. Wiley would hit a three-ball midway through the period, but that was the highlight of their nine-point second quarter production as the Lady Eagles started getting hot and got production from inside and outside with team general Brittanie Newman hitting for 5 points and Brenna Rouse adding a three-ball and an ace late in the first half. Eads would score 16 points which was good enough to post a tied ballgame at the halfway mark. The second half was all Purple & Gold as the Lady Panthers continued to struggle mightily against Eads’ man defense. They would only score six points in each of the third and fourth quarters while Eads cruised to a 16-point production in each period. Rouse would hit her second three-ball of the game midway through the third while senior Savanna Gyurman chipped in 7 points in the period three behind a couple of pairs and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity line. Freshman Miranda Mitchek kept the pressure on Wiley with her athletic defensive pressure and would manage Eads’ third long of the game late in the fourth period. Eads was decent from the free throw line hitting 19-of-30 attempts as Wiley fouled liberally to stop the clock throughout the fourth period. The three seniors for Eads including Lenox, Newman, and Gyurman all scored in double figures with Lenox being a strong force on both ends of the ball leading the way with 15 points. Newman and Gyurman each chipped in 10 apiece.