LINCOLN — Trevor Leach hit five three-pointers and the Hastings St. Cecilia Bluehawks beat the South Loup Bobcats 52-34 at Lincoln Southeast High School on Thursday afternoon.
South Loup (21-4) held a lead a few minutes into the game but then St. Cecilia (23-3) started to heat up from beyond the arc. Leach hit four triples in the first half to build a 26-15 advantage for the Bluehawks.
St. Cecilia held South Loup to just seven points in the third quarter and rolled down the stretch to get the 18-point win. The Bluehawks will play in their fourth straight semifinals game.
South Loup will go home after playing in their first state tournament team as a co-op. They last made the tournament as Arnold in 1957.
HASTINGS ST. CECILIA: Leach 19, Asher 8, Valentine 8, Farmer 5, Boyd 5, Furman 7
SOUTH LOUP: Rosfeld 2, Rush 6, Connell 17, Dockweiler 3, Furne 3, Schwarz 3