Bulldog Girls 1-1 in ECNC as Third Place Game Postponed
The Auburn Bulldogs girls’ basketball team enters the final week of the regular season with a 16-2 record.
The Bulldogs split two games in the East Central Nebraska Conference tournament. At home Monday night, Feb. 1, Auburn, second seed took down the seventh seed Freeman Falcons, 37-27. Thursday night, Feb. 4, the Bulldogs lost 29-49 to the third seed Weeping Water Indians. The tournament third place game scheduled Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6 with 9-10 Elmwood-Murdock was postponed because of winter weather. Malcolm, undefeated and top seed, defeated Weeping Water 52-38 to claim the tournament title.
On Thursday, Feb. 11 subdistrict matchups are being announced. Also in Auburn’s subdistrict are: Syracuse, 15-3; Fairbury, 10-10 and Falls City, 8-11. The Bulldogs are currently sixth in the C-1 wild card points. Just behind them are Syracuse, seventh with Lincoln Lutheran, 14-2, eighth. Auburn finishes the regular season against Syracuse and Lincoln Lutheran. All records are as of Monday morning, Feb. 8.
Scoring by Quarters:
Individual Scoring: Melody Billings 8 points, 6 each by Leah Grant and Jamisyn Kirkpatrick, Harmony Franke 5, Zoe Baltensperger and Jaeleigh Darnell with 4 apiece, and Sydney Binder and Olivia Swanson with 2 each.
The Bulldogs were 11 of 19, 57.9 percent, from 2-point range; 4 of 22, 18.2 percent in treys and 3 of 9, 33.3 percent, from the free throw line.
Leading the Falcons on the scoreboard were Kaylee Bures and Brooklyn Ideus each with 7 points.
Rebounding: Auburn was outrebounded by Freeman, 25-36. Darnell led the Bulldogs with 9. Baltensperger pulling down 5, Franke 3, and Grant and Swanson 2 apiece. Kylie Boyer was the Falcon leader with 9 boards.
Assists: Binder 3; and 1 each dished out by Billings, Darnell, Franke and Grant.
Steals: Franke 6, Billings 3, Darnell 2 and Adelynn Maddox 1.
Blocked Shots: Having 1 apiece were Baltensperger, Grant, Kirkpatrick and Swanson.
Deflections: 3 each by Darnell and Grant; Franke and Kirkpatrick 2 apiece; and Billings, Binder, Maddox and Swanson each with 1.
Personal Fouls: Ending the game with 3 each were Baltensperger, Billings, Franke and Grant. Auburn was called for 17 total with Freeman being called for 16. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 16 times with the Falcons having 23 turnovers.
Weeping Water Game
Scoring by Quarters:
Weeping Water 12-18-13-6--49
Individual Scoring: Darnell 8; Binder 7; Billings 6; and 2 apiece by Franke, Grant, Maddox and Jada Sealock.
In field goals, Auburn shot 10 of 18 in 2-pointers, 55.6 percent and 2 of15 in 3-pointers, 13.3 percent. The Bulldogs were 3 of 6, 5o percent from the charity stripe.
The Indians were 12 of 29, 41.4 percent from 2-point range, made 4 of 18 treys, 22.2 percent while hitting 13 of 20free throws, 65 percent. Grace Cave led Weeping Water with 25 points.
Rebounding: Weeping Water edged Auburn on the boards, 29 to 26. Darnell and Franke led the Bulldogs pulling down 7 boards each. Baltensperger had 4, Billings and Grant 3 apiece and Binder 1. Having 8 each for the Indians were Cave and Karley Ridge.
Assists: Baltensperger and Franke each dishing out 2, with Billings, Grant and Kirkpatrick dishing out 1 apiece.
Steals: Darnell 2; and Baltensperger, Franke, Grant, Maddox and Makenna Turner each.
Deflections: Binder, Darnell and Grant 2 apiece; and 1 each by Kirkpatrick and Maddox.
Personal Fouls: Baltensperger and Darnell ended the game with 4 apiece with Binder finishing with 3. Auburn had 16 total with Weeping Water 7.
The Bulldogs finished with 21 turnovers with the Indians turning the ball over 8 times.
At Superior January 29th, Won 36-32
Scoring by Quarters:
Individual Scoring: Baltensperger 10 points, 8 each from Franke and Grant, and Binder and Swanson with 5 apiece.
In 2-pointers, Auburn shot 10 of 24, 41.7 percent with Baltensperger successful on 5 of 7. From beyond the arc, the Bulldogs were 4 of 19, 21.1 percent. Auburn made 4 of 8 free throws, 5o percent with Franke connecting on 3 of 4.
Shayla Meyer was Superior’s one double digit scorer leading the way with 21.
Rebounding: Auburn edged the Wildcats 29 to 28. Grant led by grabbing 9, Darnell pulling down 8, Franke 4, Baltensperger 3, Swanson 2, and 1 each by Billings and Binder. Meyer also led Superior in this category with 10.
Assists: Dishing out 2 assists apiece were Billings, Darnell, Franke and Grant with Binder having 1.
Steals: Binder 3; and 1 each by Baltensperger, Darnell, Grant and Swanson.
Blocked Shots: Jamisyn Kirkpatrick and Swanson 1 apiece.
Deflections: Swanson 4, Grant 3, and each from Baltensperger and Binder.
Personal Fouls: Baltensperger, Darnell and Grant each finishing with 3. Both teams were called for 13 total.
The Bulldogs had 15 turnovers with Superior having 16.