Rachel Shonka scored the first 13 points of the game for Schuyler and finished with a game-high 15, but her performance wasn’t enough for the Lady Warriors to get the victory as Plattsmouth won 65-24 Saturday.
Shonka dropped in a driving layup for Schuyler’s first points of the home game and added a free throw to tie the score at 3-all.
Plattsmouth followed with a 10-0 run, but Shonka kept the Lady Warriors close as three more baskets from the junior cut the deficit to 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Shonka, who scored four points total in Schuyler’s first two games, had all of the Lady Warriors’ first-quarter points.
“We drew up a play for her right before the game,” Schuyler head coach Kadeyn Johnson said. “She took advantage down low in the post and just made those easy shots. It was really cool to see.”
Plattsmouth started the second quarter with another impressive run, outscoring the Lady Warriors 13-0 to build a 28-9 lead with two minutes left in the half. The Blue Devils then sat their starters for a breather, allowing the Lady Warriors to go on their own 9-0 run and creep to within 28-18 at the break. Shonka hit two more jumpers in the lane, Yessica Rodriguez connected on a jumper and Tasha Wolken drilled a 3-pointer with five seconds left during the Schuyler run.
“Going into halftime, we were down 10 points but we were right there,” Johnson said. “We were right where we wanted to be. But our numbers hurt us again in the second half tonight. We were getting a little bit tired. They were subbing and our girls had to play the majority of the game.”
The Blue Devils dominated the third quarter, outscoring Schuyler 19-1 and building a 47-19 lead. The only point for Schuyler came on a free throw by Rodriguez with 7:12 left in the period.
“We were completely fatigued,” Johnson said. “I had to completely get in a whole new five girls. That makes it tough when you are taking out all of your starters, but they need to rest.”
Plattsmouth (1-3) also controlled the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Warriors 18-6.
Despite his team’s 0-3 start to the season, Johnson remained positive.
“I think that we are making progress. I am never satisfied with where we are,” he said. “I honestly thought that this was a game we should have won. Our first two games were tough and we knew that going in. We were right there with them tonight. We just got tired and fatigued in the second half.”
Twelve players scored for the Blue Devils, led by Isabella Chappell with 14 points. Chloe Sabatka added 10 points.
Wolken finished with four points for Schuyler, Rodriguez had three and Reagan Folda scored two.
The Lady Warriors play Friday at David City before hosting Blair on Monday.