A strong offensive showing by Breanna Stouffer and Veronica Kobza propelled Aquinas Feb. 9. The Monarchs jumped in front early, and never looked back in a 51-31 home victory over Centennial.
“We started out a little slow but eventually our shots started falling and we picked up our defense,” Aquinas coach Vanessa Munter. “I challenged the girls at half time to really focus in on our defense and they did.”
Centennial scored the first three points of the game off a layup by Hunter Hartshorn and a free throw by Kate Hirschfeld. Aquinas answered with baskets by Kobza.
Vanessa Bohuslavsky jump-shot from just inside the three-point line cut the Bronco lead to 1. The Monarchs took the lead 13-10 on back to back baskets by Stouffer.
With the game neck and neck, Aquinas went on a 13-2 run to end the second quarter. Kobza’s two free throws put Aquinas up 32-20 at halftime.
Aquinas picked up its defensive intensity along with their scoring in the second half, holding Centennial to 4 third quarter points.
Stouffer’s driving layup extended Aquinas’s lead. A layup in transition by Kobza made it 39-22. Jadyn Siroky’s jump shot put the Monarchs up 45-24 at the end of three quarters.
The Broncos slowed down the Monarchs scoring in the final quarter but could not get enough offensive production to go along with it.
Aquinas was led by Stouffer with a game-high 19 points. Kobza was a point behind with 18 points.
Centennial’s Hartshorn had 9 points and Fehlhafer had 8 points.
February 10 at Aquinas
Aquinas (10-12)- 17 15 13 6- 51
Centennial (13-8) 13 7 4 7- 31
Scoring-Aquinas: Stouffer 19, Kobza 18, Meysenburg 4, Coufal 2, Krafka 2, Van. Bohuslavsky 2, Val. Bohuslavsky 2,
Centennial: Hartshorn 9, Fehlhafer 8, Hirschfeld 6, Gierhan 4, Nisly 2, Stuhr 2