St. Cecilia can strike gold again
In a game where two teams combined to score 75 points, St. Cecilia was slightly better than Yutan in a 39-36 win.
"You have got to be confident, and if you're not, you're not playing (Saturday)," said head coach Kevin Asher. "Their confidence built because they got better defensively and they controlled games at the end instead of letting games slip away like the three losses."
Defense was the ticket in the semifinal. Single digit quarters happened three times for St. Cecilia and twice for Yutan in a slow moving game.
Trevor Leach continued his hot streak at state with five threes on Friday to lead the 'Hawks with 15 points. He also hit five from long range in Thursday's quarterfinal against South Loup.
St. Cecilia was only able to score 13 field goals for the entirety of the game and went 7 of 9 from the free throw stripe. Blane Boyd hit all three of his attempts, helping him to 11 points in the game.
"It's a fact our kids our senior laden and experienced down here," Asher said. "They wanted to get out of the semifinal round after last year's disappointment. We only mentioned it one time this year."
Mason Timm (19 points) and Colton Feist (13) carried the load for Yutan, who did not get a single point off the bench and only had two field goals scored by someone other than Timm or Feist.
The Bluehawks can claim their sixth state championship in the last 11 years with a win over Ponca (29-1) on Saturday. Tip off for the C2 championship is at 4:30 p.m. inside the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Yutan plays BRLD in the C2 third place game, Saturday, 9 a.m. at Lincoln East.