A big first quarter and a strong second-half defense were key in the St. Cecilia girls basketball team's fifth straight victory over city rival Adams Central.
The Hawkettes (17-4) pulled away in the second half for a 57-39 win at Chapman Gymnasium on Tuesday. STC head Jahn Kile said he was pleased with the second-half defense, especially in a third quarter that saw Adams Central score just three points.
"That was the defense we were looking for the full 32 minutes. We played a pretty good stretch of defense there and really put the game away," said Kile, whose squad has won five straight meetings between the two rivals. "You play a crosstown rival like that, where they girls know their first names and they know ours, you're going to have a lot of emotions. I thought the first quarter was a lot of emotion, back and forth. (Adams Central) came out with a good effort and so did we."
That emotion fueled an extremely efficient start for St. Cecilia. The Hawkettes scored 11 of the first 12 points in the game and made their first four field-goal attempts. Shanelle Farmer, who has been making her way back onto the court after recovering from an injury that happened last season, led the charge with seven points in the opening period.