Lady Warriors Effort Falls Short; Vandenberg Leads Scouts to Victory
For three quarters of basketball it appeared as if the Schuyler Central Lady Warriors were destined for their second win of the season but third quarter domination by David City led the visitors to an exciting 41-36 victory.
The Warriors outscored David City 8-6 in the first quarter and 10-8 in the second frame to go to the locker room at halftime with an 18-14 lead but a different D.C. team came out for the second half as it outscored Schuyler by 21-10 to take a 35-28 lead.
Leading the charge for the Lady Scouts was Lauren Vandenberg who scored 12 of her game high 15 points in the third quarter.
Schuyler’s Rachel Shonka, who led the Lady Warriors with 12 points, got things going right after half as she hit a layup from the right side of the lane giving Schuyler a 20-14 advantage. That is when Vandenberg took over. She scored ten points on 3 layups and a pair of jumpers over the span of the next three minutes to give the Lady Scouts a 25-24 lead they would never relinquish the rest of the way.
The Lady Warriors were saddled with foul trouble from midway through the first quarter as Reagan Folda and Tasha Wolken both fouled out and Shonka played for two and a half quarters with four fouls. “Rachel being in foul trouble was huge for us,” commented SCHS head coach Dan Wolken. “Rachel is becoming a dominant player; someone that is really hard to handle without two people. When we don’t have her on the floor it limits our ability to run what we want to run so that obviously hurt us pretty much the whole game. Of course losing Reagan and Tasha to fouls is just as hard on us because we haven’t been able to teach the young girls their roles on this team. It’s not that they don’t play hard, because they do. It’s just that they need to play in a different way than they have in the past.”
Schuyler began the game showing how good they can be when they have all of their starters on the court. Their 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter ballooned to ten points at 16-6 on a layup by Shonka with 5:48 remaining in the first half. David City then called a timeout and went on their own 8-0 run to pull to within 16-14 with 29 seconds left in the half. Yessica Rodriguez sank a pair of free throws after being fouled by Vandenberg to push the lead back to four at 18-14.
Wolken said of his team’s first half success, “Our girls have great heart. They showed it by hanging in with David City. Our girls have always shown that. We have some talent and we can fast break. We just haven’t had a lot of chances against the teams that we have played earlier this season because they haven’t given us an outlet.
“When we have more success and start playing at that level then we come out licking our chops thinking that when we have a three on two or a two on one that the defense will have no chance of winning this and we are going to get the two points.”
Schuyler was able to outscore David City 8-6 in the fourth quarter behind four points by Shonka, and four by Rodriguez, but it was simply a case of too little too late.
Tasha Wolken finished the game with eight points while Folda and Rodriguez added six points each and Jakelin Mejia tossed in four points. Vandenberg led the Lady Scouts with 15 points.
Despite their third loss in four games, Wolken had high praise for his team.
“These girls love to play and they don’t quit. We got into accepting losing in the past but these girls won’t do that.”
The Lady Warriors will host the York Dukes on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m. in their final game before the Christmas break.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net