Area Hoops: Patriot Girls run streak to nine
Jan. 25 - No. 7 Clarkson/Leigh 51, Madison 15: Clarkson/Leigh suffocated Madison’s offense allowing only two points in the first quarter and one point in the third in a conference tournament game.
Ashlyn Novotny led Clarkson/Leigh with 11 points.
The win improved the Patriots record to 15-2. Clarkson/Leigh is on a nine-game win streak and hasn’t lost since Dec. 28 when the Patriots dropped a road game to a then ranked Class B Columbus Lakeview team.
Jan. 22 - No. 7 Clarkson/Leigh 40, Wisner-Pilger 30: The score was tied at 11-11 after the first eight minutes but the Patriots outscored the Gators 25-9 in the following two quarters to secure the victory. Hannah Kasik and Novotny scored a team-high 10 point each.
Jan. 21 - No. 7 Clarkson/Leigh 61, Lutheran High Northeast 47: Clarkson/Leigh jumped out to a 27-8 lead during the first quarter in part due to big games from Kaegan Held and Novotny. Held scored 16 while Novotny added 13.
Jan. 26 - Howells-Dodge 78, Clarkson/Leigh 43: Daniel Beller scored 17 points and Jarred Novotny added 11, but the Howells-Dodge offense was just too much for the Patriots in an East Husker Conference tournament game.
Clarkson/Leigh’s record is now 4-11 as the Patriots are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
Jan. 22 - Wisner-Pilger 61, Clarkson/Leigh 39: It was a 24-11 third quarter which proved to be the difference as the Gators rolled the Patriots.
Beller recorded a double-double scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Jan. 21 - Lutheran High Northeast 70, Clarkson/Leigh 29: Clarkson/Leigh was outscored 40-14 in the second half as the Patriots were overpower by the Eagles.
Tommy McEvoy scored a team-high eight points.
The Schuyler Central High School boys and girls basketball teams competed in the Central Conference tournament last week, and both teams came away with a pair of defeats. The Lady Warriors were defeated by Aurora 39-29 and Holdrege 44-30 while the Warriors fell to Holdrege 52-41 and to Columbus Lakeview 55-27.
The girls opened play at Aurora on Jan. 21 and had one of their best starts of the season with a 10-4 first quarter lead. Over the next eight minutes though, the Huskies outscored the Lady Warriors 19-7 and took a 23-17 lead into halftime.
Schuyler then also managed just five points in the third quarter.
“I thought we were well prepared and played very well in the first quarter. We had several opportunities to hold a lead even larger than 10-4 but traveling calls hurt us,” coach Dan Wolken said. “The second quarter we just didn’t stay focused. We also struggled in the third quarter. We just need to find the focus for the complete game to get into the win column on a regular basis.”
Rachel Shonka led the Warriors in scoring with 12 points followed by Yessica Rodriguez with eight, Reagan Folda with five, and Maria Semerad with four. Shonka also led SCHS in rebounding with nine as Tasha Wolken and Folda grabbed four each, and Semerad and Rodriguez accounted for two rebounds apiece.
The Lady Warriors then took on Holdrege at York in last Saturday’s consolation game, again starting strong behind just 8-7 after one before falling into a 19-12 halftime deficit. A one-point fourth quarter sealed Schuyler’s fate.
The boys began the tournament at Holdrege and except for a second quarter lapse, the Warriors played the Dusters on even terms.
Schuyler only trailed 15-11 after the first eight minutes before Holdrege turned the tables in the second quarter 22-11 building a 37-22 halftime advantage. Schuyler outscored Holdrege 19-15 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.
Easton Hall paced the Warriors in scoring with 12 points followed by Aaron Langemeier with 11, Elmer Salazar with 7, Oscar Velez with six, Preston Anderson with three, and Rosel Diaz with two. Hall also paced Schuyler Central with five rebounds followed by Nolan Healy and Langemeier with three, Velez with two, and Salazar and Diaz with one board each.
In the tournament consolation game played, the Warriors had another weak second quarter come back to haunt them in a 21-4 period that turned a 12-7 game into a 33-11 halftime gap.
“We felt pretty good going into this game,” said head coach Lyndon Beebe. “We had played pretty well against Holdrege in the first round and thought we would continue to compete against Lakeview in the consolation game. We knew that Lakeview would struggle stopping us if we could get the ball inside, but we couldn’t convert those opportunities into points.”
The Warriors and Lady Warriors host Douglas County West on Thursday night then host Columbus Lakeview on Friday night in games that were postponed by weather earlier in the season. The 1994 State Championship girls basketball team will be honored between the varsity games on Friday night.
Peter Hugenin and Doug Phiilips are the sports reporter and freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach them via email at SCHsports@lee.net