Friday night the Schuyler Central High School girls basketball team hoped to keep riding a wave of success following the Thursday night 33-31 victory over Ralston, but the visiting Fairbury Jeffs had other ideas. Fairbury raced out to 36-7 halftime lead then coasted to a 67-21 victory over SCHS.
The game marked the regular season finale before sub-district action. Schuyler ended the 2017-18 campaign with a record of 3-16 while the Jeffs recorded jumped to 9-11 with the victory.
Schuyler Central head coach Kadeyn Johnson noted that it was just one of those games where things didn’t go as expected.
“Our girls hustled the entire game and they never gave up," he said. "It was just one of those nights where a lot of fouls weren’t called so we new it was going to be a scrappy game from the start. Things just didn’t go our way tonight.”
Jessa Eden, a 6-foot junior was the go-to gal for the Lady Jeffs and she responded by leading Fairbury in both scoring and rebounds pouring in a game high 23 points.
“Fairbury is a big physical team,” Johnson said. “Their post player was 6-4 and they tried to get the ball down to her where she was a big threat. She ended up being their leading scorer and she dominated the inside game.”
Juniors Rachel Shonka and Tasha Wolken paced the Lady Warriors attack with seven points apiece while Haylee Korth, Jakelin Mejia, and Yessica Rodriguez each scored two. Korth, the sole senior, played in the final home game of her fine career.
Johnson was hoping that his players would retain the shooting touch that they had experienced in recent games. “Offensively we just weren’t hitting our shots tonight. We got off a lot of good quality shots but they just weren’t going in.”
Schuyler Central traveled to South Sioux City on Monday, Feb. 12 for the Class B-4 sub-district basketball tournament. The fourth seeded Lady Warriors opened the tournament against 18-4 South Sioux City. The Cardinals were rated number five in Class B in the state tournament as post-season action began.