The Lady Warriors fell to Blair at home Dec. 18 as an already thin Schuyler bench took a hit with the absence of starting guard Reagan Folda, who missed the game with an illness.

Despite the lineup change and only eight players in uniform, Schuyler (0-5) got off to a solid start in the 58-23 loss.

The score was knotted at 4-all when Schuyler junior Rachel Shonka sank a pair of free throws with 4:15 left in the first quarter. Maria Semerad tied the game again at 6-all on a jump shot in the lane with 2:23 remaining.

In the final minute of action, Blair (4-3) got a free throw from Sophia Grantham and layup by Megan Sorenson to build a 9-6 lead at the end of the period.

The second quarter was a microcosm of the season thus far for the Lady Warriors. The Schuyler girls struggled to get past Blair’s full-court press defense and turned the ball over on several occasions. Once they broke the press, the Lady Warriors struggled to find open shots against Blair’s zone defense.

The Lady Warriors also struggled at the free-throw line, where they connected on just 8 of 19 attempts.

Yessica Rodriguez’s jumper with 6:48 left in the first half pulled Schuyler back to within three points at 11-8 and she followed that with a 3-pointer to cut the Bears’ lead to two points at 13-11 with 4:35 remaining, but that’s as close as the Lady Warriors got the rest of the game.

Blair answered Rodriguez’s trey with a 12-0 run to end the first half.

The Bears continued their run in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Warriors 23-6 to build a 48-17 advantage heading into the final period.

Haylee Korth scored four of Schuyler’s six fourth-quarter points on a pair of free throws and a jumper in the lane. She finished with a team-high six points.

Rodriguez tallied five points for Schuyler, Semerad had four and Shonka scored three. Tasha Wolken and Jakelin Mejia added two points each and Jocelyn Tena chipped in one.

Joanna Sandvold led Blair with 14 points and Sophia Kirwan had 13.

The Lady Warriors face Lakeview on Thursday in the opening round of the Columbus Holiday Tournament at Scotus Central Catholic.

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