Hawkettes fend off Beatrice

St. Cecilia's Morgan Nikkila dribbles against Beatrice's Tori
Sutter during the Aurora Holiday Tournament Monday.

AURORA — St. Cecilia girls basketball coach Jahn Kile knew there were going to be some challenges while playing in the Aurora Holiday tournament. Three of the four teams competing were ranked in the top 10 in the preseason rankings — Class B No. 5 Beatrice, Class C-1 No. 8 Norfolk Catholic and Class C-2 No. 6 St. Cecilia.

The Hawkettes got to have a couple practices before traveling to Aurora, and, according to Kile, it made all the difference. St. Cecilia beat Beatrice 68-55 Monday to advance to the championship of the tournament, which started this morning at 11 a.m.

“It’s always a tournament atmosphere, and you always want to move on. We knew we were going to see good competition here,” Kile said. “Anytime you can move on, you’re happy no matter what the score is.”

To read more, see Tuesday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

Copyright © 2014