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Aurora's Baylor Scheierman (32) shoots a jumper against Alliance. Scheierman record 30 points in the first round matchup.

LINCOLN — Aurora needed one quarter to warm up Thursday.

Just one.

The Class B No. 2 Huskies scored the first 18 points of the second quarter to start to pull away from No. 8 Alliance for a 71-49 victory.

Alliance led 13-11 heading into the second quarter after Aurora struggled with shooting. The Huskies were 4 for 15 from the floor, including 2 of 9 by Baylor Scheierman.

But that changed.

By the time the Bulldogs finally scored in the second quarter with 2:27 remaining, Aurora (26-1) had jumped to a 29-13 lead. Scheierman scored 10 points in the 18-0 run along with recording two assists.

It was a change in offensive approach that jump-started the Huskies.

“No matter how many times you tell them at the state tournament, everyone is always so pumped up that everybody wants to try to shoot from the perimeter right away,” Aurora coach Tom Leininger said. “That’s just not what we wanted to do early.

“Once we started to go inside, then not only was our inside game working, but our outside game was clicking, too.”

Alliance (19-7) developed its own shooting woes in the second quarter, going 2 for 15 — including 1 for 7 on 3-pointers.

“I thought we put a lot of pressure on them,” Leininger said. “That was one of our two keys, to put a lot of pressure on them both offensive and defensively. Defensively we held them 10 possessions in a row without a score in the second quarter. That’s what gave that cushion.

“When you’re playing from behind, it’s usually not a good thing.”

Scheierman finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Cade Reichardt added 12 points for the Huskies.

The win at the Devaney Center moved Aurora into Friday’s 3:45 p.m. semifinal at Pinnacle Bank Arena against No. 3 Omaha Roncalli, which needed overtime to beat Bennington for the third time this season.

Alliance was led by Mason Hiemstra’s 21 points.

Aurora (26-1)............11 23 20 17—71

Alliance (19-7)..........13     5 11 20—49

AU: Cade Reichardt 12, Baylor Scheierman 30, Nick Hutsell 7, Jordan Stevenson 8, Kaleb Moural 2, Nate Boerkircher 4, Trevor Cumpston 4, Andrew Bell 2, Jameson Herzberg 2.

ALL: Corbin Stark 4, Joel Baker 9, Reece Jensen 5, Mason Hiemstra 21, Bradyn Palmer 3, Trevor DuBray 2, Crayten Cyza 3, Caeson Clarke 2.

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