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Lady Warriors Thrash D.C. West; Boys go cold in Loss

February 6, 2019

SCHS Lady Warriors 52 – D.C. West Lady Falcons 26

The Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors basketball team won its third game of the season with a 52-26 victory over the D.C. West Lady Falcons last Thursday night in Schuyler.

Schuyler had three players score in double figures led by Rachel Shonka with 18 points. Tasha Wolken tossed in 15 including four 3-pointers, and Reagan Folda hit for 10 points to pace the Lady Warriors.

The 2-19 Lady Falcons surprised Schuyler Central early and led 6-2 at the 6:54 mark of the first quarter but Schuyler outscored the visitors 15-3 the rest of the quarter to build a 17-9 lead. The Lady Warriors took the lead for good on a long three pointer from Wolken at 11-8 midway through the quarter.

Schuyler Central head coach Dan Wolken commented on his team’s impressive victory.

“We did a nice job of matching D.C. West’s intensity in the first quarter,” he said. “We found our rhythm early and ended up scoring our season best at 17 points in a quarter. We played consistently from there.”

As well as SCHS played in the first quarter, it was even more dominant in the second period outscoring D.C. West to take a commanding 33-13 halftime advantage. The large lead allowed the Lady Warriors to give some of their younger players valuable playing time in varsity action.

The Lady Warriors connected on 7 of 8 free throw attempts.

“We had some good free throw shooting early in the game and that really helped us get the early lead,” Wolken said.

Shonka went 4 for 4, Folda 2 for 2 and Wolken 1 for 2 from the charity stripe.

Shonka also controlled the boards with 11 rebounds followed by Yessica Rodriguez with seven, Wolken with six, Folda with four and Jocelyn Tena and Maria Semerad with two each.

D.C. West Falcons 52 – SCHS Warriors 21

A scoreless second quarter, amid a 10 minute and 34 second scoreless stretch, enabled the Douglas County West Falcons to romp to a 52-21 victory over the Schuyler Central High School Warriors in boys basketball action last Thursday night in a game played in Schuyler.

An ominous scoreless span to start the game foreshadowed the scoring problems for the Warriors as the game unfolded. The Falcons outscored Schuyler 12-0 in the first three minutes of action, and the Warriors couldn’t get back on track after that.

By the time the first quarter ended the visitors owned a 19-4 advantage.

“That was not the kind of start we wanted,” commented SCHS head coach Lyndon Beebe. “D.C. West hit some big shots to start the game and when you’ve struggled to score, falling behind early makes it really tough to play the rest of the game. We’re in a place as a team right now that a good start would really help.”

Schuyler played a solid second quarter defensively but put up a goose egg on the offensive end being outscored 7-0 and trailing 26-4 heading into the halftime break. The Warriors went scoreless from the 1:22 mark of the first quarter until 6:48 in the third quarter.

The Warriors played a much better second half, being outscored only 16-8 in the third quarter and 10-9 in the fourth frame, but couldn’t gain ground on the visitors.

“The players are going to have to be the ones that decide how they are going to finish their season. It’s important for us now, but even more so for the future, to be able to make some good things happen,” Beebe said. “That’s what the team needs to realize and focus on, we’re looking for good play, we’re looking for someone to give us a spark and lead us.”

Easton Hall was the leading scorer for Schuyler Central with six points followed by Adrian Francisco and Juan Gonzalez with four points each, Elmer Salazar with three, and Aaron Langemeier with two. The Falcons Payson Gillespie scored a game high 16 points while Kyle Marick tossed in 10 points.

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net