Pospisil: Cade Reichardt, defense give boost to Aurora in win over reigning Class B champ York

Aurora senior Baylor Scheierman tries to haul in a loose ball in the middle of a host of York Dukes Friday night at York High School.

YORK, Neb. — Cade Reichardt is a nice second option for Aurora and the Huskies are better on defense than they have been.

Those are two significant takeaways from Aurora’s 63-42 win over defending Class B champ York before a nearly full house Friday night in the Duke Dome.

Before the teams turned over the game to the reserves with 4:39 left, preseason Class B No. 5 Aurora (5-0) led by 25. South Dakota State signee Baylor Scheierman sat down with a game-high 26 points and Reichardt had 16.

Fourteen for Reichardt came in the first quarter, when Aurora led 22-13 and led by at least five points the rest of the way.

“They took away Baylor and we knew they were going to do that,” Reichardt said. “I got opportunities and took advantage.”

Defense hasn’t been Aurora’s forte, but to get to its first Class B state final since winning in 1987 will require it.

“Our man defense is a lot better than it was last year,” Reichardt said. “To have that aspect in our game is really good for us.”

Huskies coach Tom Leininger said the man defense pressured York at the start but then got three starters in foul trouble.

“Then we had to switch to our zone for the rest of the game and fortunately that was working also,” Leininger said.

The foul trouble for Aurora created matchup issues for No. 2 York when the Huskies put four guards on the floor, York coach Scott Lamberty said.

“They were going to hit some shots, but they were getting more cuts to the basket, getting there quicker and easier than us,” Lamberty said. “Everything we did was outside and didn’t get the ball down inside very much. And they were wherever they wanted to be.”

The Dukes’ switch to a 1-3-1 zone benefited Scheierman’s shooting. In the second quarter, he had a pair of 3s and 12 points as he and Reichardt ended the half with 16 points apiece.

Brady Danielson wasn’t as on for the Dukes in the half, making 1 of 6 — a 3 — from the field. But the returning all-stater — as is Scheierman — was 8 of 9 at the line, making two sets of three free throws for 11 points. He finished with 17 and Husker football pledge Garrett Snodgrass had eight as a 13-game winning streak ended.

Aurora opened its 39-23 halftime lead with an 11-0 finish in the final four minutes. Scheierman had eight points and the assist on a set-shot 3 by Rylan Willis.

This rivalry could have three more installments this season — in conference, subdistricts and at state. With Hastings at 4-0 and Grand Island Northwest at 3-1 entering Friday night, the four-team subdistrict has a combined record of 15-2.

Aurora (5-0).............22 17 12 12—63

At York (3-1)............... 13 10 10 9—42

A: Baylor Scheierman 26, Cade Reichardt 16, Nick Hutsell 8, Rylan Willis 6, Jordan Stevenson 2, Nathan Boerkircher 2.

Y: Brady Danielson 17, Garrett Snodgrass 8, Jeb Lucas 5, Reid Hoffmann 4, Morgan Conner 3, Andrew Clark 2, Wyatt Cast 1.

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