Basketball Season Ends With State Loss to Beloit by Kade Coon Eureka Herald Sports
This past Thursday, the Eureka basketball team traveled to Hutchinson to take part in the 2019 3A State Basketball Tournament. There, as the 7th seed, they faced off against the 2nd seeded Beloit Trojans.
The Tornadoes were successful in obtaining the jump ball, with sophomore Gabe Valentine scoring soon after. Three minutes later, the Trojans took hold of the lead by making two points and a subsequent free throw. Junior Terik Crisswell shifted momentum back to Eureka with two more points, but not before Beloit took back advantage by completing another two-point shot. At the end of the first quarter, though, junior Justin Zimmers finished a three-point play, with the quarter ending by a score of 13-10 in favor of Eureka.
In the second quarter, the game was closely contested, with a total of seven lead changes occurring in this period of time. With scores from Phelan and Koehler, the Tornadoes managed to keep advantage several times. However, every time this happened, Beloit would take hold once again. With the conclusion of the first half, the Trojans held the lead by a score of 21-23. Over the course of the game, Beloit kept adding on to their lead, bringing it up to 20 points by the start of the fourth quarter. Although the Tornadoes attempted to catch back up, the game ended in a Trojan victory by a score of 39-60. Beloit went on to the state championship game, where they lost the title to Girard with a score of 49-45.
In the contest, Eureka completed 13 out of their 46 attempted two-point shots. In addition, 3 out of 12 three-point shots went through the net, and so did 4 of Eureka’s 8 free-throw attempts. Furthermore, a combined total of 4 steals, 1 block, 5 forced turnovers, and 21 rebounds were also collected.
A heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to everyone who supported the Tornadoes during the 2018-19 basketball season