DAVID CITY — In a battle of two teams looking for their first victories, it was David City that came away with the win Friday night.
The Scouts defeated Schuyler 58-32 on their home court, dropping Schuyler to 0-4.
Schuyler only suited up nine players, and that lack of depth continued to plague the team as the game wore on.
“Early on I was impressed with how we were playing,” Schuyler head coach Kadeyn Johnson said. “There are just a lot more things that we have to do in practice to get ready. There are little things, like rebounding, where I felt we struggled with tonight. We just have to get back to practice and work on that a little bit more.”
At the midway point of the first quarter, the Lady Warriors were still very much in the game. The score was knotted at 6-all following two free throws each from Schuyler’s Reagan Folda and Yessica Rodriguez and a layup by Rachel Shonka.
Layups by David City’s Chaquoya Givens and Lauren Vandenberg put the Scouts up 10-6 after one quarter.
David City extended its lead to 14-6 before the Lady Warriors scored five straight on a traditional three-point play from Tasha Wolken and layup by Folda with 3:54 left in the first half. A jumper by Folda and two free throws from Wolken kept Schuyler within four points at 19-15 with 2:24 to go.
Fatigue became a factor for Schuyler late in the first half, when David City went on an 8-0 run to enter the break with a 27-15 advantage.
The Lady Warriors were called for several defensive fouls in the first half that aided David City.
“We got into some foul trouble in the first half because of our aggressive play,” Johnson said. “I told them at halftime that we love their intensity and I like that they are being aggressive, but we have to be smart when we play. They know that we have low numbers and we got into foul trouble again tonight. We were making silly mistakes that we need to change in our next game.”
Schuyler had a difficult time with David City’s press defense in the second half, when the Scouts held a 31-17 advantage.
“Breaking the press is something that we work on at every practice,” Johnson said. “A lot of our girls were shorter than what David City had and we changed it up a little bit and decided to have Rachel take the ball out. We tried setting different screens and eventually we were able to break it, but it was a little too late for that.”
David City outscored Schuyler 17-6 in the third quarter and 14-11 in the final period.
Wolken led the Lady Warriors with nine points and Rodriguez finished with eight. Folda scored seven, Shonka had four, Haylee Korth added three and Maria Semerad hit a free throw.
Givens led all scorers with 22 points and Vandenberg tossed in nine.
Schuyler, which lost 58-23 to Blair on Monday, plays Thursday at Class B, No. 7 York (4-2).