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Lady Warriors stumble away from home

January 24, 2018 GMT

The Lady Warriors dropped three conference road games last week.

Schuyler fell 63-35 to Central City on Tuesday, 60-29 against Lakeview on Friday and 62-30 on Saturday at Grand Island Northwest as its season record dropped to 1-14 heading into this week’s Central Conference Tournament.

The game against Central City featured two teams searching for their second win of the season. For the first half the game was played on even terms with the Bison holding a 23-18 halftime advantage.

Schuyler head coach Kadeyn Johnson liked his team’s early effort.

“I thought we came out and played hard. We played good offense and defense and we hung right there with them until the third quarter,” he said.

That third quarter proved to be the difference as Central City outscored the Lady Warriors 25-6 in the period and raced to a 48-24 lead.

“We couldn’t get our shots to fall in that third quarter and Gabrielle Moser started nailing her 3-point shots,” Johnson said. “She ended up scoring 25 points and played a very good game against us.”

The Lady Warriors have struggled since junior Rachel Folda was injured, but other players have stepped up in her absence.

Tasha Wolken had another strong game with 12 points and Rachel Shonka chipped in 11.

“I thought Tasha and Rachel played very well in this game. Rachel gave us an excellent inside presence while Tasha did a good job from the perimeter,” Johnson said.

Yessica Rodriguez scored eight points for SCHS and Haylee Korth added four.

Shonka led the team in rebounds with 13 while Rodriguez grabbed 10 and Wolken pulled down eight.

The Lady Warriors had a strong game defensively with 15 steals, including five from Korth.

Lakeview used its trap defense to shut down the Warriors and shot 26 for 57 (45 percent) from the field in its win over Schuyler.

Junior Gracie Borer led all scorers with 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting for the Vikings. She had six points in the first quarter as Lakeview took a 19-3 lead and nine more, including her lone 3-pointer, in the second period. The Vikings were up 33-12 at halftime.

Makenna Klug knocked down two of the team’s four 3-pointers while scoring 10 points for Lakeview and Cailin Briggs added eight points, all in the third quarter.

The Lakeview defense forced 23 turnovers, including six steals from Borer and four by Ali Janssen.

Schuyler, which shot 10 of 39 (25 percent) from the field and 2 of 12 on 3-point attempts, was led by Shonka’s 12 points. She had six points in the fourth quarter, when the Warriors put up 11.

Wolken added eight points for the Warriors, including both of the team’s 3-pointers. She pulled down five rebounds and grabbed half of the team’s 10 steals.

Against Northwest, the Lady Warriors struggled early and never recovered.

Northwest led 17-6 after one quarter and 30-10 at halftime.

“Grand Island Northwest is a solid team and they came out strong. They were able to hit some 3s and work the ball inside while we struggled to get our shots to fall early again,” Johnson said.

Wolken led Schuyler with 17 points, all coming in the second half.

“She connected on all three 3-point shots for us and did a great job at the free-throw line,” Johnson said. “She scored 15 points in the fourth quarter alone and helped us to gain some momentum late. Tasha is really playing well for us right now.”