LINCOLN — To the casual fans, St. Cecilia looks to be an extreme underdog to Crofton in this morning's Class C-2 girls state basketball championship.
Maybe they're right. After all, the top-seeded Warriors (26-0) are the defending state champions and haven't lost a game since Feb. 9, 2012.
They've had no issues on their road to the title game. And that's where the second-seeded Hawkettes (23-4) may have the upper hand.
St. Cecilia will have a little more humility in its matchup because of a daunting stretch this season where it was pushed around. The team had five consecutive games against state tournament qualifying teams from a higher class in early January. It finished 1-4.
The Hawkettes opened the new year with its first loss of the season, a 47-44 setback to Fillmore Central. The team responded with a solid 49-25 win over Lincoln Christian two days later.
But the next week, Jan. 8-12, was the real test. The Hawkettes had the unenviable task of taking on these schools: Grand Island Northwest, Minden and Kearney Catholic.