Aurora took down Schuyler Central 55-11 Friday in the Lady Warriors’ season opener.
The Huskies (2-0) used a stifling defense and solid lane penetration on offense to bolt to a 27-0 lead after one quarter on Schuyler’s home court. Aurora drove to the basket early and often, which resulted in Schuyler’s Rachel Shonka picking up her third personal foul in the first six minutes of action.
Schuyler first-year head coach Kadeyn Johnson said two things hurt his team early on.
“We had to completely change our offense when Rachel got into foul trouble early. We had to rely on Yessica Rodriguez quite a bit when Rachel was on the bench,” he said. “Also, nerves had a big deal to do with our slow start tonight with it being our first game of the season with a young team.”
Reagan Folda hit a pair of jump shots and went 2 for 2 at the free-throw line in the second quarter for all six of the Lady Warriors’ first-half points.
“Reagan played a tremendous game tonight. I knew coming in that she would be one of our key players,” Johnson said of the junior guard. “We have to find more ways to get her the ball.”
“Reagan showed tonight that she knows how to penetrate the lane as well as anyone we have. She is a very athletic girl. When she does drive to the basket, it really opens up our offense,” Johnson added.
After allowing 37 points to Aurora in the first half, the Lady Warriors held the visitors to 18 second-half points.
“We really need to work on getting back in transition,” Johnson said of his team’s defense. “We gave up a lot of easy baskets and layups early. We have to work on our man-to-man defense and be able to know who we have right away. Tonight at the start of the game we kind of lost sight of who it was that we were supposed to guard and this helped them to get some easy baskets.”
Folda led Schuyler with eight points, Haylee Korth added two points and Shonka made a free throw.
“Our lack of depth hurt us tonight. We got into foul trouble early with a couple of our starters so we had to put in a couple of freshmen who had never played in a varsity game before,” Johnson said. “That showed the struggle that we might face this season.”
The Huskies were led by Bailey Collingham’s 13 points and Brooke Williams chipped in nine points. Aurora spread the wealth with 11 players scoring.
The Lady Warriors, who played Tuesday at North Bend, host Plattsmouth on Saturday.