The Schuyler Central High School basketball team dropped a pair of games this past week to Douglas County West 52-37 and to Crete 64-35 despite great efforts by Jakub Langemeier and Auston Hall.
On Thursday the Warriors traveled to Valley to take on the D.C. West Falcons. D.C. West entered the game with a record of 8-10 while Schuyler was searching for a victory to end their nine-game losing skid. Despite strong first and third quarters and strong performances by Auston Hall and Aaron Langemeier, the Warriors were unable to upend the Falcons in dropping to 3-14 on the season.
Hall scored a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds for Schuyler while Langemeier complimented that effort with nine points and six rebounds. Max Johnson led the Falcons with 13 points while teammate Trevor Wald tossed in 11.
For the game, the Warriors shot a cool 32% from the field and connected on only three of 25 3-point efforts for 12%. SCHS head coach Lyndon Beebe said of his team’s cold shooting, “We struggled shooting the ball against them tonight. We had good looks at the basket but didn’t knock down the shots. All other phases of the game were good. We defended pretty well and we didn’t turn the ball over. We just didn’t shoot well enough to win the game.”
The game was played on even terms throughout the first period of action with the game knotted at 7-7 entering the second quarter. The Falcons doubled up the scoring on the Warriors in the second quarter at 12-6 to take a 19-13 lead into the locker-room at half.
The Warriors were still within striking distance at 28-21 after three quarters of play but the Falcons dominated the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Following the defeat Beebe stated, “I think we need to forget about our won loss record and just play basketball.”
Friday, the Warriors returned home to face a buzz-saw in the form of the Crete Cardinals who sport a 15-6 record on the season. Schuyler found out early that they were in for a tough game. “Unlike the D.C. West game, we had to work for every shot we could get tonight. Crete’s size, height, and athleticism made it very difficult to get a shot” commented Beebe. “When they stretched out their 1-3-1 zone it’s going to be difficult for anyone to find the number of shots it would take to beat a team like that.”
Give credit to the Warriors for hanging tough after a rough first four minutes to start the game. The Cardinals smothering full court pressure led to several Schuyler turnovers as the visitors opened a 13-0 lead just over three minutes into the contest. The early outburst didn’t surprise Beebe. “They returned a good portion of their state tournament team from last year, so we knew it would be a tough game.”
A pair of ten-foot jump shots by Langemeier helped to stem the Crete attack as the Warriors outscored their opponents 4-2 over the next five minutes to trail by only 15-4 after one quarter.
Noah Beebe began the second-quarter scoring when he was fouled on a lay-up. He added the free throw to complete the three-point play and cut the Crete lead to 15-7.
The Cardinals responded with an 8-2 run to go up by 14 at 23-9 with 3:33 left in the first half. A jumper by Hall and a pair of free throws by Mason Kovar kept the Warriors within striking distance at the half-way point at 24-13.
Crete dominated in the second half outscoring Schuyler 40-22 to complete the conference victory.
Langemeier had another stellar game for the Warriors as he led the team in scoring with 13 points and six rebounds. Also scoring for Schuyler were Noah Beebe with six, Kovar with five, Auston and Easton Hall each with four, and Aaron Langemeier with three. Carter Kent paced the Cardinals with 18 points while Klay Uher added 14.
With three winnable games remaining on the schedule, coach Beebe stated, “I hope the team realizes that playing against quality makes you better. We don’t have anyone left on the schedule like Crete so, with the right kind of thinking, we can use this game as a way of getting better.”
The Warriors have a pair of home games this week. On Thursday they host the Ralston Rams and on Friday the Fairbury Jeffs come to Schuyler.