SCHUYLER — The first three points of the game belonged to the Schuyler Warriors on a Kylie Brabec 3-point shot, but after that it was all Dukes in girls Central Conference action on Saturday.
York quickly opened a double digit lead, and while the Warriors hung around for the first half, the Dukes pulled away for a convincing 65-41 win.
York led 23-15 at the end of the first quarter as junior tandem Erin Malleck and Hannah Riley combined for 15 of the team’s points. Malleck led the way in scoring with 21, while Riley ended with 16, including four 3-point shots.
Schuyler was still within striking distance at 33-23 at the break, but an 8-0 run to open the third put the game out of reach at 41-23.
The Dukes shot the ball well in the win as they were 25-51 overall, and hit 5-14 from behind the 3-point circle. The Dukes were 10-17 at the charity stripe.
Duke defensive pressure was a big problem for the hosts over the first three quarters as they committed 16 turnovers and finished up with 22 in the game. York had only 11 turnovers.
The Dukes did have problems in the paint with Schuyler’s 6-2 senior Logan Drueppel, who tied Malleck for game high honors with 21 and also pulled down 14 rebounds.
The Warriors were 18-46 from the field and that included just 1-6 from 3-point range. Schuyler was a miserable 4-15 at the free throw line.
York head coach Matt Kern said the Warriors are a much improved team that is playing a lot better.
“They played much better than they have in the past, they are figuring out how to play the game. They are improving and they are very athletic,” said Kern. “We are not a team that can walk on the court and beat anybody, we have to be ready to battle. The short turnaround coming here today and being able to get the Seward game out of our memory banks was good for us.”
The Dukes (12-8) have a very tough week ahead as they host No. 1 Beatrice (15-2) on Friday night, then hit the road for the long road trip to No. 8 Holdrege on Saturday.
“We have to find a way to compete into the fourth quarter and there is no reason we shouldn’t,” Kern stated. “This team is ready to do that, we just have to find a way to accomplish that. We play good basketball for two to three quarters against the elite teams but we just haven’t finished. We have to finish games.”
York (12-8) ................ 23 10 13 19—65
Schuyler (4-17) .................. 15 8 10 6—41
Y: V. Botts 4 0-0 8, E. Malleck 7 (1) 6-9 21, H. Riley 6 (4) 0-0 16, A. Rosenau 4 0-0 8, D. Stuhr 1 0-0 2, L. Harlow 1 0-0 2, E. Grenfell 0 1-2 1, E. Lee 0 1-2 1, T. Kadavy 0 1-2 1, T. Nienhueser 2 1-2 5. Totals- 25-51 (5) 10-17 65.
S: K. Brabec 2 (1) 0-0 5, L. Drueppel 21, J. Brichacek 5, S. Brabec 4, R. Folda 2, W. Alvarado 2, M. Wolfe 2. Totals- 18-46 (1) 4-15 41.