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STC edges Pender in semis


St. Cecilia head coach Jahn Kile and players celebrate a
basket during their Class C-2 state semifinal game Friday in
Lincoln.

LINCOLN — The Class C-2 semifinal battle Friday between No. 2 St. Cecilia and No. 3 Pender was a showcase of two contrasting styles of play.

The Hawkettes, with a shorter lineup, brought speed and stamina to the court. The Pendragons opted to flex their muscle by starting two post players who were both 6-feet tall.

What ensued was a chess match that saw the lead change hands 11 times, but thanks to a 12-2 run in the third quarter and a couple of big 3-pointers in the fourth, it was the Hawkettes in the end who advanced to the state championship with a nail-biting 59-50 win at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

"That was a couple of good teams going at it. Both of us do what we do well," said St. Cecilia head coach Jahn Kile, whose team will get a rematch of last year's state final against No. 1-seeded Crofton (26-1) today at 4:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. "I thought there were stretches where both teams capitalized, because they were doing what they do well."

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