Crofton beats St. Cecilia in C-2 final

St. Cecilia's Clare Hamburger (left) Brittany Mangers, Josie Prevette
and Morgan Nikkila react to their loss in the Class C-2 state
championship game Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

LINCOLN — “How do we win three games in three days against state competition?”

That was the question St. Cecilia head coach Jahn Kile and his assistants pondered all season leading up to the Class C-2 girls state basketball tournament, and he found out the answer on Saturday.

That it’s really, really hard, especially against top-seed Crofton, who shuts down its opponents thanks to plenty of depth on the bench.

For the second consecutive season, the Warriors (26-1) claimed the state championship with a victory over St. Cecilia (23-3), dominating all facets of the game in their 62-40 victory at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

“I would like to have played Crofton when we were fresh. If we would’ve been fresh, I’d like to see what we could’ve done,” Kile said. “I think that today we just ran out of gas.”

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