LINCOLN — At halftime of the Centennial Conference girls basketball title game Saturday, St. Cecilia realized it was time to change gears.
St. Cecilia stepped up its defensive intensity in the second half and the Hawkettes found enough of an offensive surge to pull away from Lincoln Christian 38-32 at Lincoln Christian.
The Hawkettes led 20-19 at the half and head coach Jahn Kile realized his team could do more with its defense.
"It was just the level of play," said Kile, whose Hawkettes (14-4) won their fifth straight after going through a stretch of four losses in five games. "I thought we got a little tougher and we ran more man in the second half. Then we made plays on both ends."
The Crusaders (12-6) led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter on the strength of the inside-outside punch of seniors Michaela Bubak and Dani Andersen.