Cade Reichardt scored 13 of Aurora’s first 15 points and Henry Penner dominated the two middle quarters Friday as the Huskies raced past Schuyler 74-38 in the Warriors’ season opener.
Reichardt’s hot hand helped Class B, No. 4 Aurora (2-0) take a 23-6 lead after one quarter that was never threatened the rest of the way.
Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe saw some good things, even though the scoreboard didn’t show it.
“I think that we are a more athletic team than in the past. I think we are an improved team over last year,” he said. “I liked a lot of things that we did. We are kind of a high-risk team right now. There were some bright spots tonight, we just missed a lot of shots because we were tired.”
The Warriors settled down and played a much better second quarter as they were only outscored 20-14 by the Huskies. They went to the locker room at halftime down 43-20.
“There were times last year that we didn’t score 20 points in an entire game,” Beebe said. “We scored 38 tonight against a very good team. We have to cut down on the 24 turnovers that we committed tonight to go with our improved scoring.”
Schuyler was only whistled for 14 personal fouls in the game, but a pair of Warrior starters got into foul trouble in the first quarter.
“Elmer (Salazar) and Tychique (Kutalu) made some aggressive fouls early and had to sit the bench, but that is something that is probably going to happen a lot early this year until we get some guys healed up and can play,” Beebe said. “We just have to keep playing.”
Auston Hall and Mason Kovar got their senior seasons off to impressive starts against the Huskies. Hall finished the game with a team-leading 14 points for Schuyler and Kovar added 12.
Jakub Langemeier and Tyler Kohl tossed in five points for the Warriors and Salazar had two.
Aurora was paced by Penner with 24 points and Reichardt with 18.
Hall also led the Warriors in rebounding with four while Kovar, Kutalu and Langemeier grabbed three boards each.
Kutalu played a solid game defensively, leading the Warriors with five steals, and Hall blocked six shots.
“We had a rough time playing against Aurora’s speed and size tonight. Very few teams are going to play well against Aurora,” Beebe said. “We needed some reps against a good, quality team and we got certainly got that against Aurora.”
The Warriors, who played Tuesday at North Bend, host Plattsmouth on Saturday.