Schuyler Girls pick up second win of season
Rachel Shonka once again showed her dominance with a pair of sparkling performances as she led the Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors to a split in their games on the road at Boys Town on Jan. 3 and at Home against Omaha Mercy two nights later.
Shonka had 14 points in the 50-13 victory over the winless Cowboys and 19 more in a tough Saturday home loss to the Monarchs from Omaha Mercy by the score of 54-41.
The Lady Warriors blasted Boys Town from the opening tip and never let up as they romped to the easy win. Schuyler had three score in doubles figures led by Shonka.
Tasha Wolken also totaled 14 points while Maria Semerad had 10 including a pair of 3-pointers.
Schuyler led 14-5 after one quarter of play then expanded that lead to 24-5 at the halftime break holding the Cowboys scoreless in the second period of action.
The Lady Warriors outscored Boys Town 22-8 in the second half to complete the lopsided victory.
Shonka ruled the boards as well, grabbing eleven rebounds for SCHS. Semerad had eight rebounds while Wolken added six. Yessica Rodriguez accounted for three rebounds while Alondra Catalan and Jakelin Mejia had two each.
Reagan Folda led the squad with five assists while Maria Semerad had an outstanding defensive game with 10 steals to her credit.
The win boosted Schuyler to 2-7 on the season while Boys Town fell to 0-7.
The loss to 3-5 Omaha Mercy came as a frustration to SCHS head coach Dan Wolken.
“We didn’t come to play. Basically, it got away from us before we decided to play,” he said. “It was frustrating to watch us play at the level we did, knowing, by comparison, the teams that are really decent Class B teams that we were capable of playing not only with Mercy but possibly ending off with the victory.”
Schuyler had a difficult time breaking the Lady Monarchs full-court pressure in the early going but was still tied at 4-4 with 2:59 to go in the opening quarter.
Abbey Wilson and Erin Epp then hit a pair of 3s building a 10-5 lead for the visitors. Overall, Mercy ended up sinking seven of their 20 3-point attempts in the game.
Wolken couldn’t explain why his team had so much trouble breaking the press.
“We have played better presses than we saw today, but it was insulting the way that we played against it this time,” he said. “They had five girls in the front court and we had a girl playing deep in the offensive end, but no one could see her or get the ball to her. We need to look forward up the court when we are trying to break the press.”
Mercy began the second quarter with a 15-2 run that boosted the Lady Monarchs to a 25-8 lead with 2:57 left in the first half. A short jumper in the lane and a pair of free throws by Shonka cut the Mercy lead to 27-12 heading into halftime.
Shonka knocked down ten of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter but the closest the Lady Warriors could get was 44-27 at the end of the quarter.
Tasha Wolken’s 3-point bomb with 2:32 left in the game kept Schuyler’s slim hopes alive at 51-37, but Mercy’s Anna Sommers answered with a layup 10 seconds later to make it 53-37 and close the door on the Lady Warriors.
Wolken followed up Shonka’s game-leading effort with six points while Rodriguez and Folda added four points each, Semerad and Mejia scored three points apiece, and Janet Millan added two points.
Schuyler has two tough road games looming ahead as they travel to West Point on Thursday to take on West Point-Beemer before hitting the road again the next night to take on the Seward Bluejays in a conference tilt.
Doug Phillips is a freelance write for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.