Monarch girls earn big road win
After a road loss at Class D-2 No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis three nights earlier, and needing a victory to stay in the running for a district wildcard spot, the Aquinas girls bounced back and, this time, claimed a road win with a 43-41 victory at Class C-2 No. 9 Utica Centennial on Friday.
Centennial scored 15 of the 19 points in the third quarter when Aquinas went cold and took an eight-point lead into the fourth before the Monarchs put together a 10-2 run to start the fourth.
Breanna Stouffer was the only Aquinas player in double figures with 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting with six rebounds, but the Monarch defense held Centennial without a double-digit scorer and forced the Broncos to settle for 21 shots from 3-point range with only five makes.
“The win was huge,” said head coach Tony Smith in comments sent to The Banner-Press. “To beat a quality ranked team like the Centennial girls on the road gives our girls a ton of confidence and good feelings they can take into our first-round game against Bishop Neumann.”
The fourth-quarter comeback was put together by a combination of balanced Aquinas scoring.
Stouffer hit a shot to open the frame followed by a 3 from Vanessa Bohuslavsky. After a Centennial bucket, Aquinas answered with a free throw from Micaiah Vrbka, rebound putback by Macy Thege and two more makes at the line by Vrbka.
Those makes tied it 38-38. Stouffer gave the Monarchs the lead for good on a steal and a layup. Still, Aquinas went 1 for 5 from the line over the final two minutes and gave Centennial a shot at the win but the Broncos missed a 3-pointer as the clock hit zeros.
“Although we played real well for most of the first half against an excellent St. Francis team where we built a 10-point lead, we did not respond well when they took the momentum. (Friday) in a similar circumstance, the senors really buckedl down and got us right back in it without batting an eye.”
FEB. 8 - David City 45, Wilber-Clatonia 28: David City overpowered the Wolverines from the beginning outscoring them 18-9 in the first quarter.
“We had to grind out this win. Wilber is a better team than their record indicated,” coach Nathan Wall said in comments. “I am proud of our kids for learning from our past mistakes and doing what they had to do to finish off this victory.”
FEB. 8 - Shelby-Rising City 29, Osceola 22: It was a team effort for the Huskies who had two players score seven and two players score six in the victory. Those players were, respectively, Jamie Hopwood, Allie Neujahr, Taylor Potter and Kamryn Pokorney.
FEB. 7 - Shelby-Rising City 51, East Butler 47: Kamryn Pokorney recorded a double-double for the Huskies with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. East Butler’s Amanda Aerts scored 17.
FEB. 7 - David City 58, Madison 42: David City took a 33-11 lead into halftime and held on for the victory despite a late push by the Dragons.
“We really played well against Madison. Maya Couch was a menace at the top of our 1-3-1 and Macy Svoboda dominated the game on both ends of the floor. We ran our sets extremely well,” Wall said. “It was nice to go up to Madison, take care of business, build up a 34-point lead in the third quarter and let some of our starters get some rest.”
FEB. 5 - Humphrey St. Francis 60, Aquinas Catholic 48: In a battle of two top teams, Aquinas had a 10-point lead but HSF used a late surge and a big fourth quarter run to seal the victory.
FEB. 5 - CROSS COUNTY 56, EAST BUTLER GIRLS 18: The Cougar defense suffocated the Tiger offense to just two first-quarter points and never allowed more than six points in any of the following three quarters.
By halftime, Cross County led 27-8 and had nearly put the game away.
The loss dropped East Butler to 12-11 on the season with just one game remaining on the regular-season schedule.
The Tigers had won four of six before the Cougars held them to their lowest offensive total of the season.
Three Cross County players scored in double digits while the team as a whole shot 48 percent and swiped away 16 steals.
FEB. 4 - YUTAN 64, DAVID CITY GIRLS 34: David City girls basketball failed to score 10 points or more for the fifth game in a row and lost a fifth straight game on Feb. 4 in a 64-34 defeat at Yutan.
The loss dropped the Scouts to 4-15 on the season with two more games remaining in the regular season.
David City scored under 10 in three quarters, trailed 32-14 at halftime and never quite recovered.
“I am proud of the effort and intensity in this game. Yutan is a great basketball team, probably the most physical that I have every coached against,” Wall said. “We hung with them as long as we could, but they eventually just pulled away from us at the end.”
Nate Tenopir and Peter Huguenin are sports editor and sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net