Auburn’s full-court press taking big bites out of opponents

AUBURN – Auburn’s full-court zone press has forced their opponents to turn the ball over 11 times per game this season and has led to a 14-1 record in 2018, 19-4 overall.

The Bulldogs’ defense held Wilber-Clatonia to just 12 total points in the Class C1-1 sub-district semi-finals on Tuesday, on their way to a 49-12 victory. The win places them in the sub-district championship game on Thursday night at Norris Middle School.

Head Coach Grant Cole says to be able to speed-up their opponents and make them uncomfortable helps his girls get into a tempo they enjoy.

“It helps us when we get steals and buckets off of those steals, but just making the other team uncomfortable a lot of times leads to either bad shots or missed shots in the half-court, which really helps us out defensively.”

One of the reasons why the Bulldogs have seen success this year may be because they accomplished one of their goals: come together as a team, be great teammates, be great leaders and have a lot of fun.¬†According to Cole, the combination of accomplishing those tasks has been a “special thing.”

Auburn has been the state tournament once in school history. Their only trip was in 1978 when they lost to Lexington, 54-31.

The Bulldogs, ranked #7 in this week’s News Channel Nebraska rankings, plays Fairbury for the Class C1-1 sub-district championship. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will air live on B103 (103.1 FM,

Auburn defeated the Jeffs, 58-32, on Jan. 12. Fairbury beat Falls City in the semi-finals on Tuesday, 45-43.

Fairbury vs. #7 Auburn

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Norris Middle School

Radio: 103.1 FM,

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