AURORA — The St. Cecilia girls basketball team wanted to use its ability to quickly move up and down the court to wear down Norfolk Catholic.
Through 25 minutes, the Knights kept pace with the Hawkettes, but St. Cecilia, ranked second in Class C-2, pulled away in the final seven minutes to defeat C-1 No. 6 Norfolk Catholic 55-42 in the Aurora Holiday tournament championship on Tuesday.
"It was a little rugged at times, but I liked our adversity, as far as coming through when they made their run," said STC co-head coach Tim Farmer. "We stepped up our defense, is what happened. That's kind of what won us the game.
"We forced them into a few turnovers that we converted into transition layups, which kind of separated us. It was kind of a tight game until we were able to do that."
STC junior Shandra Farmer scored 11 of the Hawkettes' 16 points in the fourth quarter. She caused havoc for the Knights' ball handlers, creating several turnovers near half court that lead to easy layups.
"We were getting a little tired towards the end — and we're in pretty good shape right now — so we were thinking, 'We're this tired, so they're probably much more tired,' " Shandra said. "We just wore them down a little bit and got a few steals that we needed as we were finishing."