Defending the nest, Wilcox-Hildreth readies their defense for state tourney

Wilcox-Hildreth hoists the plaque winning the district title over Giltner.

A common motto said in the sports world is offenses win games, but defenses win championships.

A saying coach Nelson and Wilcox–Hildreth have happily embraced throughout this season.

Building one of the best barricades in D2 basketball, the Falcons have soared to a satisfying 19–7 record, taking four of their last five games with a double digit lead.

The latest coming in D2–4 district final, where the Falcons owned the court against Giltner, recording 34 defensive rebounds, plus six steals and 17 turnovers.

Leading to their first district title in program history.

"We just try to get some mentality rebounding," Nelson said. " They really buy into that, and we always stress in practice and games that second opportunities, we don't want those to happen and they really buy into that."

"Against Giltner, we really wanted the ball and went ahead and got after it," senior Lantz Grauerholz said. "Also used our heads a little bit in positioning, we didn't try to out jump them or anything like that," Grauerholz continued. "We stuck to our fundamentals and got great rebounds out of that."

Wilcox–Hildreth landed the number five seed heading into this years state tournament.

They tip–off the first round in a rematch of the district final against Giltner at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday over at Lincoln Southeast.

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