Schuyler Central High School’s Auston Hall continued his late season surge as he scored 27 points and had four rebounds to lead the Warrior boys past Fairbury by a score of 54-42 Feb. 9 at home.
Hall sizzled in the first half scoring 19 points as the Warriors ended a 12 game losing streak with their fourth victory of the season against the 6-15 Jeffs.
Schuyler’s head coach Lyndon Beebe saw his team roar to a 35-16 lead at half then hold off an inspired effort by Fairbury in the fourth quarter.
“That was one of our best first halves of the season. We have had times this year where we played like that even in some games that we lost. This victory was really good for us because we have lost many games and some of them were fairly close. For our guys to stick with it and play as hard as they did tonight says a lot about them.”
Hall was a one-man wrecking crew early, scoring his team's first 13 points to build a 13-2 advantage with 3:02 left in the first quarter. He had five field goals and was a perfect 3 for 3 from the charity stripe during the run. Noah Beebe provided more fireworks late in the first, hitting a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the arc. SCHS led 19-7 to start the second.
Even with Hall's early spark, Beebe said the win was a team effort. “Our guys really passed the ball and played well together tonight. Our shooting performance showed that as well. It is hard to come back from a horrible streak of poor shooting like we had but tonight we came out with a lot of confidence in our shot selection and played together as a team.”
Fairbury outscored Schuyler 6-4 early in the second quarter to keep the game close at 23-13 but the Warriors had an impressive 13-3 run to close out the first half ahead 35-16. Two 3-point jumpers by Hall and two more bombs by Mason Kovar provided the momentum.
The third quarter was an 11-11 draw. A free throw by Fairbury’s Zach Holes with 4:00 left in the third the quarter cut Schuyler’s lead 37-22 but Schuyler’s steady attack held a double digit lead. When Beebe nailed another 3-point effort with 1:47 left in the third period the Warriors led 45-25. A minute later Tyler Kohl hit one a free throw and Schuyler had its biggest lead, 46-25. The Jeffs' Adam Wasserman's layup with 18 seconds left made the score 46-27 after three periods. Wasserman led Jeff scorers with 16 points.
Fairbury closed the gap to 50-39, but Schuyler hit four of eight free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
Beebe has been hoping to see a win like this.
“We talked a lot in practices about getting into sync because we were having way too many one pass and one shot possessions the last month or so. We wanted to make sure that we got into our offense and we wanted to limit the touches that some of their guys had. Tonight that formula worked for us.”
Noah Beebe and Mason Kovar also hit for double figures with 14 and 12 points respectively. The Warriors shot an impressive 58 percent from behind the arc with Beebe going 3-5, and Kovar and Hall each 2-3. Also scoring for the Warriors were Tyler Kohl, Tychique Kutalu, and Jakub Hall with one point apiece.
Schuyler Central concludes its regular season Friday night when they hit the road to take on 2-17 Raymond Central.