The Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors traveled to South Sioux City on Monday, February 12th to take on the Class B fifth ranked SSC Lady Cardinals in the first round of the Class B-4 sub-district basketball tournament. The Lady Cardinals had nine players hit the scoring column and used an overpowering first half to blast the Lady Warriors by a score of 76-12.
In a season plagued with injuries and illness, Schuyler Central had a difficult time matching up with a South Sioux City team that entered the game with an 18-4 record and a ten-game winning streak.
The state tournament championship banners circling the balcony of the South Sioux City High School gymnasium were a constant reminder of the rich tradition that the Lady Cardinals have enjoyed for the past two decades.
The Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 28-4 lead after one quarter of play as the Lady Warriors struggled to break their smothering full court press and their strong offensive attack.
Schuyler Central committed 37 turnovers in the game compared to only 11 for the Lady Cardinals. South Sioux City owned the second quarter as well as they outscored Schuyler to make the score 48-8 at the end of the first half of play.
The Lady Warriors hoped to make a dent against the Lady Cardinals in the second half against the host team’s reserves, but South Sioux went on to outscore Schuyler Central 28-4 to close out the game.
SCHS had three players tie for the scoring lead with Maria Semerad, Tasha Wolken, and Yessica Rodriguez each tossing in three points. Rachel Shonka added two points and Jakelin Mejia tossed in free throw for her one point. The Lady Cardinals were led in scoring by Hannah Strom with 14 and McKenna Simms with 12.
Shonka had another strong game on the boards for Schuyler as she hauled in ten rebounds. Mejia, Wolken, and Rodriguez each were credited with three rebounds apiece.
The Lady Warriors ended their season with a record of 3-18 but there is hope for the future as Haylee Korth was the only senior suiting up for SCHS this season.
The Lady Cardinals defeated Blair 51-38 in the sub-district tournament and played Alliance in the Class B-5 district final back in South Sioux City.