The Aquinas Girls basketball team started fast, but C1 No. 3 Bishop Neumann owned the second half, winning 53-42 at Aquinas on Dec. 12. .After trailing by three at halftime, the Cavaliers outscored the Monarchs 30-16.

“We went into the game again focused on defense and rebounding, and although we came up a little short on the scoreboard we started putting things together,” said Aquinas coach Vanessa Munter. “If we can keep building on that scoreboard will hopefully start reflecting those efforts.”

Valeria Bohuslavsky came out with a hot hand for the Monarchs. The junior had 8 points halfway through the first quarter. Veronica Kobza added a layup with 1:40 in the first to extend Aquinas’ lead to 17-11.

Neumann’s Megan Spicka and Kelsie Cada layups cut the deficit to 18-15 six minutes before the half.

Aquinas found its way to the free throw line with Neumann in foul trouble. Valerie Bohuslavsky and Sierra Meysenburg both made a pair of free throws. At halftime, the Monarchs led 26-23.

Neumann shots began to fall after a couple of scoreless minutes in the third quarter. Aspen Jansa and Jessina Rada made a pair of threes to give the Cavaliers a 32-28 advantage.

Neumann led 38-31 to start the fourth, and the

Cavaliers outscored the Monarchs 15-11 to take the victory.

Aquinas’ Valeria Bohuslavsky made two threes and 6-6 from free-throw line, on her way to 16 points. Kobza added 7 points followed by Vanessa Bohuslavsky with 6 points.

Jansa led Neumann with a game high 19 points.

The schedule didn’t get any easier for Aquinas. They traveled to Class C1 No.7 Lincoln Lutheran (2-2) on Dec.16.

December 12 at Aquinas

Aquinas (2-3)-17 9 5 11- 42

Neumann (3-2)-11 12 15 15- 53

Scoring-Aquinas: Val. Bohuslavsky 16, Kobza 7, Van. Bohuslavsky 6, Meysenburg 5, Siroky 2, Thege 3, Krafka 2, Sellers 1.

Neumann: Jansa 19, Thiele 8, Stuhr 7, Rezac 2, Rada 6, Spicka 6, Cada 4, Lilly 1.

Rebounding-Aquinas: Thege 5, Meysenburg 3, Kobza 3, Birkel 2, Krafka 2, Van. Bohuslavsky 2, Val Bohuslavsky 1, Siroky 1.

Neumann: Cada 4, Jansa 4, Theile 4, Spicka 3, Rezac 3, Lilly 2, Rada 1.

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