Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm / Updated at 9:57 pm
Defense helps Aurora advance past Lexington

Forcing 35 turnovers played a big part in Aurora extending its season Tuesday.

The Huskies never trailed while topping Lexington 45-29 in the first round of the Class B, District 5 tournament at Grand Island Senior High.

The Huskies (8-15) led 9-8 early in the second quarter when they outscored the Minutemaids 16-3 over the next 9:17 to take a 25-11 lead. The Minutemaids turned the ball over 17 times in the first half.

"It was our defensive intensity," said Aurora coach Damon McDonald of his team’s second-quarter run. "We had some pressure and we rotated pretty well tonight in our defensive scheme that we wanted to run.

"It was a tribute to our girls who did a great job with the defense and created enough pressure that we could get turnovers and get the lead."

Adyson Narber led the Huskies with 17 points. Eight players scored and five recorded assists.

"I thought we attacked well, and when we attack well, we do some good things," McDonald said. "We found each other when we did attack. We had quite a few assists tonight.
"I thought we did pretty well on the boards. We need to clean up some second-shot opportunities. That’s one area where we need to improve in, but they know that, and we get better every game."

Hannah Ostrom scored 13 points for the Minutemaids (8-17), who never scored more than four unanswered points.

Aurora avenged a 40-39 loss to Lexington from Feb. 8 to advance to Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinal against No. 2-rated Northwest.

The Vikings beat the Huskies 76-21 on Saturday.

"The first time (Northwest) shot the ball extremely well obviously," McDonald said. "But we didn’t have the same intensity we had against Holdrege the previous night. If we could have brought that intensity we had against Holdrege, we would have been a lot more competitive.

"Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. They kept hitting shots, and when you get further and further behind on the scoreboard, it’s harder to maintain your intensity. That’s really our focus — to keep our intensity and get ready for Thursday."

Aurora 45, Lexington 29

AURORA (8-15)
A. Narber 4-8 7-12 17, Thiele 2-5 1-2 5, Penner 2-11 0-2 4, Nachtigal 4-8 0-0 8, Ohlson 2-4 0-2 4, Oswald 0-1 0-0 0, M. Narber 1-1 1-2 3, Hixson 0-0 0-0 0, Schneider 1-1 0-2 2, Scheierman 1-3 0-0 2, Howe 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-42 9-22 45.

Santoyo 2-2 1-2 5, Leger 0-2 3-4 3, Ostrom 5-14 3-8 13, McKeone 0-3 0-0 0, Pack 2-4 3-4 7, Gierhan 0-0 0-0 0, Schultze 0-1 0-0 0, Rowe 0-0 0-0 0, Betancourt 0-0 0-0 0, Dolezal 0-0 1-2 1, Hammond 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 9-27 11-20 29.

Aurora 9 12 10 14—45
Lexington 6 5 9 9—29

3-point field goals—Aurora 2-9 (A. Narber 2-3, Thiele 0-1, Penner 0-5), Lexington 0-3 (Ostrom 0-1, McKeone 0-2). Fouled out—Ostrom. Rebounds—Aurora 24 (Thiele 8), Lexington 30 (Ostrom 8). Assists—Aurora 11 (A. Narber 4), Lexington 3 (McKeone 2). Turnovers—Aurora 19, Lexington 35. Total fouls—Aurora 17, Lexington 16. Technicals—none.

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