Three days after winning the David City holiday tournament, the Aquinas girls basketball team had another dominant effort. The Monarchs used an early lead to pull away from Pierce for a 49-37 home court win on Jan. 4

“I thought we handled their pressure well. They tried to press but they couldn’t very long,” Aquinas Coach Vanessa Munter said. “It was nice to see us have a lead and hold it, and not falter when the game came down to the line.”

Aquinas dominated Pierce out of the gate. Larissa Sellers’ corner jump shot and Veronica Kobza’s corner three-pointer put the Monarchs up 7-2.

Carly Sutherland cut the deficit to 9-6 with back-to-back layups for Pierce with 3:40.

At the end of the first quarter, the Monarchs led 13-10.

Aquinas got back on track offensively, with two straight three pointers by Vanessa Bohuslavsky. Sellers’ jumper from the free throw line gave the Monarchs a 21-10 lead. Heading into halftime Aquinas led 24-16.

The Monarchs continued to knock down shots entering the second half. Vanessa Bohuslavsky hit a corner three-pointer to put Aquinas up 27-16.

Later, Kobza made two layups and a three-pointer to give the Monarchs their biggest lead at 36-20.

“We shot the ball really well tonight,” Munter said. “It’s such a big momentum builder because it just gives you that much more energy to play good defense.”

The Monarchs shut down any Bluejay hopes in the fourth.

The Monarchs did a good job of limiting the Bluejays scoring to Sutherland and Maggie Brahmer, who had had 30 of Pierce’s 37 points. Vanessa Bohuslavsky led Aquinas with 17 points and Kobza added 14.

Pierce's Sutherland had a game-high 20 points and Brahmer scored 10.

January 4 at Aquinas

Aquinas (5-5)- 13 11 18 7-49

Pierce (5-6)- 10 6 10 11-37

Scoring - Aquinas: Van.Bohuslavsky 17, Kobza 14, Sellers 8, Val.Bohuslavsky 3, Birkel 3, Thege 2, Coufal 2

Pierce: Sutherland 20, Brahmer 10, Zimmerer 3, Simmons, Collison 2.

Rebounds- Aquinas: Kobza 10, Sellers,Meysenburg,,, Birkel, Krafka , Van.Bohuslavsky, Val.Bohuslavsky 3, Thege, Siroky 1.

Pierce: Sutherland 5, Simmons, Collison, Aguilera 4, Brahmer, Zimmerer 3, Brenden 1.

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