Butler County Girls Hoops Roundups
Breanna Stouffer scored a game-high 23 points, had seven of that total over the final four minutes of the game and Aquinas earned a 13th win in the last 14 games with a 41-32 win at Scotus Central Catholic on Jan. 31.
The win improved the Monarchs, currently ranked No. 3 by the Lincoln Journal Star, to 15-3 on the season with only three games left on the schedule.
The win for the Monarchs snapped a five-game skid against rival Scotus.
Scotus led early on and 11-9 after the first quarter before Aquinas scored eight of the first 11 in the second. Camille Pelan kept the ’Rocks in the game with three first-half 3s, somewhat offsetting seven made 3-pointers by the Monarchs.
Those seven though, accounted for nearly all of the first half offense. The only other points came on a Stouffer steal and run out to begin the second quarter.
Aquinas hit just 9 of 27 in the first half but enjoyed a 23-21 halftime lead thanks to forcing 10 Scotus turnovers and grabbing seven offensive rebounds.
It was a two-point game with the seconds ticking down in the third when Vanessa Bohuslavsky drained a buzzer-beating 3 to extend the Monarch gap back to five.
Scotus answered with the first three points of the fourth but then sister Valerie Bohuslavsky sank a 3 and set off a 9-0 run. Six of those points came off Shamrock turnovers.
Stouffer scored one on a steal and layup, drew a foul and sank the free throws on another and Micaiah Vrbka did the same sealing the win with under four minutes remaining.
FEB. 2 - LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 45, AQUINAS 43: After first-half foul trouble, 6-4 LC post Olivia Hollenbeck played more consistently in the second half and limited Aquinas’ outside game.
The Monarchs had a look from 3 at the buzzer but the shot rimmed out.
Feb. 2 - SANDY CREEK 54, DAVID CITY 45: “We got off to a rough start and really played poorly defensively,” head coach Nathan Wall said in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We are looking forward to playing our best ball of the season, during the last week of the regular season.”
Feb. 1 - EAST BUTLER 56, HIGH PLAINS 28: “We had a bit of slow start both on offense and defense,” said head coach James Kriz. “Midway through the second quarter we started hitting some shot and we started getting steals off our press and we quickly took the lead. Amanda Aerts lead with 23 points, with 14 in the fourth quarter.”
Feb. 1 -No. 7 (D-2) BDS 46, SHELBY-RISING CITY 17: “We played great defense on BDS in the first half and were down 17-11 in the second quarter,” said head coach Turner Trofholz. “BDS switched to a 3-2 zone and we simply couldn’t score in the second half.”
Jan. 29 - MCCOOL JUNCTION 47, EAST BUTLER 38: “We played well in all aspects except rebounding,” Kriz said, “You can’t give up 20 offensive rebounds to anyone and expect to win a game.”
Jan. 29 - FULLERTON 64, SHELBY-RISING CITY 32: “Fullerton got off to a great start on us and we just struggled to get going,” said Trofholz. “It was a game where we fell behind early and never could get caught back up.”
Jan. 29 - AQUINAS 46, LUTHERAN HIGH NORTHEAST 33: “Our defensive pressure and intensity allowed us to get out and have run outs like it often does,” head coach Tony Smith said. “Also, our ball movement on offense was really good creating open looks for our girls.”
Jan. 28 - SUTTON 55, DAVID CITY 37: “We played a stellar second quarter to get us back into the game,” said Wall. “Then Sutton caught fire in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers. Lauren (Vandenburg) showed great heart in this game, playing with a sprained MCL, however she was unable to finish as she aggravated it again. Macy had an outstanding game with 21 points.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net