Subdistrict losses cut season short for Butler County Schools
Aquinas girls basketball was assigned arguably the most stacked district in Class C-1. Wahoo Neuman and Wahoo were the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the bracket while being No. 2 and No. 3 in the wildcard standings.
The Monarchs took on Neumann in the first round on Feb. 12, but lost 65-46. What was unknown at the time was that the loss, due to sub-district upsets, effectively ended the season.
Aquinas was sitting at 11th in the C-1 wildcard standings, and if top seeds would have won, the Monarchs would have most likely clinched the third wildcard spot.
However, upsets by North Bend Central, Chase County and Syracuse shuffled the standings. After all the figuring was finally completed, the Monarchs found themselves out the outside looking in.
“They’re one of the best teams in the state,” said Aquinas head coach Tony Smith after the loss to the Cavaliers on Feb. 12. “They shot it really, really well tonight.
“We’re a 1-3-1 team, and when you don’t rotate or you move the ball like they’re able to move it (it makes things difficult). They’re good, strong and explosive. When their shots are falling, they’re tough to beat in any defense. We tried switching to man, but that’s not our thing. They even hit some 3s then too.”
The Monarchs competed with the Cavaliers for the first quarter and stood tied 13-13 after eight minutes.
Neuman then went on two runs in the second quarter.
The first came at the five-minute make when the Cavs strung together nine straight points to take a 24-20 lead with three minutes left in the half. The second run came with a minute remaining. Neumann scored six straight and went into halftime with a 32-24 lead.
Both teams traded shots during the third quarter, but the Cavs still led 45-40 entering the fourth.
Micaiah Vrbka scored a layup for the Monarchs 20 seconds into the quarter but another 8-0 run by the Cavaliers ended the hopes of Aquinas. Neuman finished the game on a 10-0 run in the final three minutes.
“I think we had a couple unfortunate turnovers,” Smith said. “Double that up with their 3-pointers they hit...I was still trying to figure out if we could play man or not. We lost some rotations there.”
Feb. 12 - Wahoo 67, David City 21: David City’s season came to an end after losing to one of the top teams in the state.
The Scouts faced off against Wahoo in Schuyler during the first round of the C1-4 subdistrict playoff.
The Warriors took a 44-9 lead going into halftime and kept control of the game not allowing the Scouts many scoring opportunities.
“Wahoo is an awesome team,” said head coach Nathan Wall. “I’ve been involved with C-1 girls basketball for the last 13 years. There’s no team better than them that I’ve seen.
“The way they play, there’s only so much you can do. They make you work so hard to complete passes. They rebound so well. They really don’t let you breathe ever. We knew it was going to be difficult. I’m proud of our girls for just embracing it and going after them the best they could.”
Feb. 12 - Cross County 39, East Butler 37: East Butler’s season came to an end during the first round of C2-4 subdistrict at Malcolm.
Amanda Aerts led the Tigers with 13 points.
Feb. 12 - Centennial 53, Shelby-Rising City 9: The Huskies season came to an end after an opening round loss to Utica Centennial in the C2-4 sub-district.
Taylor Potter led S-RC with three points.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net