AURORA — The Lady Warriors dropped their lone game in last week’s Central Conference Tournament.
Ninth-seeded Schuyler fell 58-16 to eighth-seeded Holdrege on Jan. 24 in a game played in Aurora.
The same problems that have plagued the Lady Warriors all season came back to haunt them again.
Schuyler is still without Reagan Folda, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury since the holiday break. The short bench and lack of depth allowed the Dusters to gain an early 18-7 advantage after one quarter.
“We started off in our man-to-man defense. I felt Holdrege was a team that matched us physically, however, our lack of depth would affect our team right away. We don’t play a lot of man defense, but I thought that we did an OK job considering the situation,” Schuyler head coach Kadeyn Johnson said.
As the Lady Warriors tired in the second quarter, the Dusters expanded their lead to 28-10 at the halftime break.
“Our girls fatigued very quickly since they were not used to this type of play. As we made more and more mistakes on defense, Holdrege would capitalize on them,” Johnson said. “Holdrege jumped out to that early lead and we continued to struggle without energy through the second quarter.”
With his starters feeling the fatigue of the first half, Johnson went to his bench in the second half.
“We had to rely on our younger players to play more than usual to give our starters a break,” he said. “During the third quarter fatigue really set in. We went scoreless in the quarter while Holdrege kept attacking.”
Holdrege scored 18 third-quarter points as its lead ballooned to 46-10. The Dusters outscored the Lady Warriors 12-6 in the final period to put the finishing touches on their third victory of the season while Schuyler fell to 1-15.
Tasha Wolken led Schuyler with five points while Jocelyn Tena had four and Rachel Shonka and Yessica Rodriguez added three each. Jakelin Mejia and Shonka both recorded a team-leading four rebounds.
Schuyler plays Thursday at Douglas County West before hosting Crete on Friday.