Warriors and Lady Warriors Fall to Lakeview
Columbus Lakeview Lady Vikings 53 – SCHS Lady Warriors 31
A slow start and a hot hand by Lakeview’s Gracie Borer plagued the Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors basketball team as they fell to Lakeview 53-31 in the SCHS gymnasium last Friday night.
On a special evening commemorating the 1994 SCHS girls basketball team’s Class B state championship 25th anniversary, the Lady Warriors hoped to add to the night’s festivities with a victory. But Borer and the rest of the Lady Vikings had none of that.
Borer scored 11 points in the first quarter as Lakeview bolted to an 18-6 first quarter lead.
“We had another slow start tonight,” coach Dan Wolken said. “With the win last night, we did well offensively, and we scored well the whole game against D.C. West. We just were not mentally prepared to come out and play as emotionally charged as we normally do. We were flat tonight.
“It was evident to me in the locker room before we began the game. We are an aggressive team, and it doesn’t work well for us unless we use that.”
The Lady Vikings kept the pressure on in the second quarter and led 29-11 at the halftime break.
The Lady Warriors played a much better second half, especially on the offensive end of the court as they scored 20 points in the third and fourth quarters combined, but it was not enough to offset the early offensive success of the Lady Vikings.
“We were getting open shots,” stated Wolken. “Rachel Shonka was doing her job and doing it well.” As a team we just couldn’t hit anything tonight. We were just cold. If we could have had someone hit an outside shot early that could have changed the momentum of the game.”
Columbus Lakeview Vikings 38 – SCHS Warriors 28
The Schuyler Central High School boys basketball team played a much better game than they did the night before against D.C. West but still found scoring tough to come by, dropping a 38-28 contest to the visiting Lakeview Vikings.
“We were in it right to the fourth quarter and if we had rebounded a missed free throw or maybe kept them out of the high-post we could have pulled it out,” head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “We were competitive tonight. We came out in our third game of the week and we did a lot of nice things.”
A layup by Easton Hall and a nifty jumper in the lane by Oscar Velez gave the Warriors a 9-5 lead with 3:25 to go in the first quarter but the Vikings went on an 8-0 run to take a 13-9 lead with 1:44 on the clock.
Aaron Langemeier scored on a layup along the baseline and Juan Gonzalez tipped in a missed shot with eight seconds to go as the visitors clung to a three-point lead of 16-13.
A free throw by Elmer Salazar brought the hosts to within 16-14 midway through the second period but a 3-point bomb by Cody Shaad and a short jumper by Cameron Drozd opened Lakeview’s lead back up to 21-14. The teams exchanged 2-point buckets sending Lakeview to the locker room with a 23-16 lead at the halftime break.
Strong defensive play and multiple turnovers by both teams ruled the third quarter as the Warriors outscored Lakeview 3-2 to pull within 25-19 heading into the final quarter of play.
Hall hit a layup to start the fourth quarter to pull Schuyler to within 25-21 but that was as close as the Warriors would get.
Elmer Salazar led the offense scoring nine points while dishing out several assists to his teammates. Hall scored seven points followed by Velez and Gonzalez with four points each, Langemeier with three and Rosel Diaz with one.
“Tonight we decided that we would go right at people,“Beebe said. “We can run a set offense, but we went back to playing dribble-drive basketball and decided we would go right at people to get them into foul trouble.”
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net