The Schuyler boys basketball team dropped three road games late week.
The Warriors fell 55-38 to Central City on Tuesday, 51-34 against Lakeview on Friday and 44-32 on Saturday at Grand Island Northwest.
What started as a promising season for the Warriors has been a major struggle since the holiday break. Schuyler has dropped seven in a row, falling to 3-11 on the season.
SCHS began the season without senior Noah Beebe in the starting lineup then, upon Beebe’s return, Mason Kovar injured his knee in the Columbus Holiday Tournament and the Warriors have been unable to replace his perimeter shooting and ball handling during the losing skid.
Against Central City, Schuyler got a brilliant performance from senior Auston Hall, who poured in a game-high 24 points. Schuyler played right with the Bison for the first eight minutes, trailing only 9-8 after one quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Central City, which outscored Schuyler 16-8 to take a 25-16 lead into halftime.
“A slow start really hurt,” Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “We thought we had them figured out and some of their guys stepped up and shot the ball really well and we didn’t.”
The Bison kept the pressure on the Warriors in the third quarter, extending their lead to 43-28.
“Playing from behind is never good, but for us in our current injury situation, it really makes it tough. We battled and had some chances to cut it to less than 10 in the second, but that was as good as it got,” coach Beebe said.
In addition to Hall’s effort, the Warriors got seven points from Jakub Langemeier, four from Easton Hall and three from Noah Beebe. Langemeier and Easton Hall both had six rebounds.
Josiah Ohlman led Central City with 14 points.
Lakeview got its offense rolling early against Schuyler as six different players scored in the first quarter to propel the Vikings to a 16-6 lead.
The Vikings followed their strong first quarter with another good one in the second period to take a 27-16 advantage into the locker room.
The only bugaboo for the Vikings in the first half was eight turnovers. They got that corrected and only turned the ball over four times in the second half.
Lakeview never let Schuyler threaten in the second half while leaning on its defense in the third and fourth quarters.
The Vikings, who led 38-25 after three quarters, were balanced on offense with Landon Vogt leading the way with 13 points. Cameron Drozd added 11 points and Luke Rollman and Sean Donnelly both had nine.
Auston Hall led Schuyler with 13 points and Langemeier added 11.
Saturday’s game against Northwest had nearly the same script as the Central City contest. The Vikings and Warriors battled tough in the first quarter with the host team holding a slight 13-11 lead after one quarter. Then Northwest owned the second quarter, outscoring Schuyler 14-4 to open a 27-15 halftime advantage.
Despite the halftime deficit, coach Beebe felt good about the way his team was playing.
“We had some players step up both offensively and defensively in the first half,” he said. “They were a physical team and we were able to limit what they were able to do at both ends of the court. That meant some of our guys had to step up.”
The Vikings’ lead ballooned to 36-21 heading into the final quarter before the Warriors made one final surge.
“We worked our way back and cut the Northwest lead to six points late in the game,” coach Beebe said. “We then turned it over a couple of times late. If we could have avoided those turnovers I think we would have still had a pretty good chance to steal the game from them. Regardless of the outcome, I thought it was a good team effort to come back and make a game of it.”
The Vikings limited Auston Hall to only two points, but the Warriors got a 16-point effort from Noah Beebe and nine more from Langemeier.
Schuyler plays this week in the Central Conference Tournament.