Schuyler girls win fourth game of season

February 12, 2019

The Schuyler Central High School girls basketball team ended its regular season this past weekend with a 35-27 victory at Ralston and a 39-12 defeat to the Lady Jeffs in Fairbury. The games left the Lady Warriors with a season record of 4-17 heading into district play.

Schuyler took down the winless Rams on Thursday night behind the outstanding play of senior Rachel Shonka who was team high scorer with 14 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and went 4 for 6 from the free throw line. SCHS head coach Dan Wolken lauded Shonka for her efforts.

“Rachel had another great night for us especially with her 13 rebounds,” he said.

Ralston surprised SCHS in the first quarter as it jumped out to a 6-4 lead. However, the Lady Warriors held the Rams in check in the second quarter outscoring them 9-2 to take a 13-8 halftime advantage.

The two teams then battled it out in the second half on fairly even terms. Ralston outscored the Lady Warriors 10-8 in the third quarter to cut Schuyler’s lead to 21-18, but the Lady Warriors held off the Rams in the fourth quarter and secured the eight-point victory.

“The game was very close the entire game. Both teams struggled to score at times. The turning point was when they started to send us to the free throw line,” Wolken said. “Ralston was 0 for 7 on the night from the charity stripe and we were 16 of 28, so about half of our points came from their fouling.”

Tasha Wolken also hit for double figures for the Lady Warriors with 10 points followed by Reagan Folda with four, Yessica Rodriguez with three, and Jakelin Mejia and Maria Semerad with two points each.

Rodriguez had six rebounds for Schuyler followed by Folda with five, Mejia with two and Semerad and Wolken with one each. Wolken had four steals to lead the Lady Warriors and Semerad led the squad with three assists.

Last Friday night’s game at Fairbury against the 10-11 Lady Jeffs was a struggle offensively for Schuyler Central in the first half.

The hosts outscored the Lady Warriors 13-4 in the first quarter and 12-3 in the second frame to build a 25-7 halftime advantage. Schuyler was then limited to one third-quarter point as the Fairbury lead ballooned to 33-8 heading into the final quarter.

The Lady Warriors traveled to South Sioux City last Tuesday night to take on the Lady Cardinals in the first round of the Class B-5 district tournament. Columbus and Blair played in the other semifinal game.

Be sure to pick up next week’s issue of the Sun for a full recap on the game.

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

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