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Hot start, stingy second key Aurora win

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Hot start, stingy second key Aurora win
Hot start, stingy second key Aurora win

Austin Allen, right, and Aurora held Jonah Weyand and Crete to two points in the second quarter of Friday’s game. “Against good teams, you can’t have that bad quarter,” Crete coach Brent Cole said.


AURORA, Neb. — Aurora rode a big second quarter to its second win this season against Class B No. 10 Crete.

The sixth-ranked Huskies outscored the Cardinals 14-2 in that period en route to a 58-47 victory Friday. Kade Moural sank three of his four 3-pointers in the quarter to spark the Huskies.

“We got pretty hot from the perimeter for one thing,” Aurora coach Tom Leininger said. “When that 3-ball goes in for you, (the lead) goes up pretty fast. We got some hot hands, so we started running some specials for them and we did hit some 3s.

“I think we only made one 2-pointer the whole first half. That’s a credit to their defense. They were taking away the inside, but we were getting some really good looks from the perimeter.”

Crete (14-6) shot 60 percent (6 for 10) from the field in the first quarter while taking a 16-14 lead, but went 0 for 7 in the second. The Cardinals’ only points in the second were a pair of Carter Kent free throws with 3:16 left.

“In the second quarter, they switched their half-court zone trap and that really bothered us,” Crete coach Brent Cole said. “I’m not really sure why. ... But against (a highly ranked) team in the state, you can’t get outscored 14-2 in a quarter.

“If you take out that quarter, it was a 45-44 game. That’s not bad. But against good teams, you can’t have that bad quarter.”

Aurora (19-1) extended its lead to 17 points early in the fourth, but Crete closed its deficit to 53-47 with a minute left before the Huskies sealed the game from the foul line.

Tommy Leininger finished with 16 points for the Huskies. Austin Allen added 12 points and 12 rebounds while Moural also had 12 points. Henry Penner added 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Rhett Harms scored 16 points to lead Crete, which lost to Aurora 45-42 in the Central Conference championship Jan. 30. Tom Leininger said the Huskies probably played better in the first meeting, though they could never build a big lead.

Aurora now turns its attention to a battle against Class C-1 No. 1 Wahoo Neumann in Saturday’s Heartland Hoops Classic.

“We do things like this to try to prepare ourselves for the end of the season,” Tom Leininger said. “We had a really good contest tonight, and we’ll have a really good one (Saturday).”

Crete (14-6) ................................... 16 2 12 17—47

At Aurora (19-1) ............................ 14 14 17 13—58

C: Kent 2-8 3-4 8, Bradley 1-2 0-0 2, Harms 6-11 2-2 16, Weyand 1-5 3-4 6, Bodfield 3-11 2-2 8, Uher 3-6 0-0 7, Mach 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-44 10-12 47.

A: Moural 4-10 0-1 12, Vinkenberg 1-2 0-0 3, Stevenson 1-1 1-2 3, Allen 4-10 4-8 12, Leininger 3-11 9-10 16, Penner 3-8 3-4 10, Scheierman 0-0 0-0 0, Goertzen 0-0 0-0 0, Pohlmann 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Holliday 1-1 0-0 2, Boerkircher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-45 17-25 58.

3-point goals: C 5-10 (Kent 1-5, Harms 2-2, Weyand 1-1, Bodfield 1-2), A 7-16 (Moural 4-10, Vinkenberg 1-2, Leininger 1-1, Penner 1-3). Rebounds: C 26 (Harms 8), A 36 (Allen 12). Assists: C 8 (Kent 3), A 11 (Leininger 4). Turnovers: C 13, A 12. Total fouls: C 17, A 12. Fouled out: Harms. Technical fouls: none.

Girls: Aurora 42, Crete 33

Class B No. 4-rated Aurora found the “on” switch for its offense right away in the fourth quarter Friday against Crete.

The Huskies trailed 26-24 after only scoring 12 points over the second and third quarters, but Aurora equalled that total over the first 3:18 of the final period.

That helped Aurora pull ahead for good and take a 42-33 victory.

“We talked to our posts about getting in there and finishing,” Aurora coach Sara Partington said. “They were really slacking in on us and kind of doubling down. We had to be stronger. And they were stronger. I thought we did a great job of attacking the rim better and we just shot more confidently.”

The Huskies (15-6) opened the fourth with a 10-2 run and never let Crete (10-10) score more than two unanswered points in the second half.

“I’m definitely glad to see what we could do to finish the game,” Partington said. “We told them we were going to win the game in the second half, and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when we finally started to pull away.

“That was just good to see us come out and finish a game after we didn’t have a good first half. We came out and had a better second half.”

Adyson Narber led the Huskies with 12 points while Brook Williams added 10.

Camry Moore topped Crete with 13 points while Abby Allen added 11.

Crete ............................. 11 11 4 7—33

Aurora ........................... 12 7 5 18—42

CRETE (10-10): Allen 5-9 1-2 11, Engebretson 2-4 0-0 4, Clark 0-2 1-2 1, Schmidt 1-5 0-0 2, Moore 4-13 3-6 13, Sears 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 13-40 5-10 33.

AURORA (15-6): Oswald 4-6 1-2 9, Narber 5-15 2-3 12, Schneider 1-4 1-2 3, Williams 4-7 0-0 10, Scheierman 3-9 0-0 6, Collingham 0-0 0-0 0, Ohlson 0-1 0-0 0, Krejdl 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-43 4-7 42.

3-point field goals—Crete 2-15 (Engebretson 0-2, Sears 0-5, Schmidt 0-1, Moore 2-7), Aurora 2-13 (Oswald 0-1, Narber 0-7, Williams 2-5). Fouled out—Allen. Rebounds—Crete 2 (Engebretson 8), Aurora 29 (Schneider 12). Assists—Crete 6 (Engebretson, Schmidt 2), Aurora 8 (Narber 3). Turnovers—Crete 15, Aurora 14. Total fouls—Crete 7, Aurora 9. Technicals—none.

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