Editor's note: A production error led to the omission of this story from the print edition. It will be published Jan. 11.
The David City High School gym was filled Saturday night for the girls finals of the DC Holiday Tournament with the Monarchs and the Scouts hoping to win hometown bragging rights.
Aquinas brought the better game, and reached a new scoring high for the season to win 78-42. David City couldn’t recover from its slow start.
“I felt that going into this tournament we needed to stay focused, trust in our fundamentals and we could walk away with some momentum for the rest of the season,” Aquinas coach Vanessa Munter said. “The girls took that message and ran with it.
David City coach Nathan Wall took some positives from the defeat.
“We did some good things offensively,” Wall said. “We got into the forties against a pretty good defensive team. Lauren Vandenberg had a good tournament, scoring 12 in both games as a freshman.”
Aquinas jumped ahead with back- to-back three pointers by Vanessa Bohuslavsky.
Macy Svoboda’s layup for the Scouts cut the lead to 6-2. Olivia Couch found her way into the lane for a basket to make the score 9-4.
Aquinas responded with a three-point play by Macey Thege, followed by a three-pointer by Veronica Kobza to put the Monarchs up 15-4.
The Monarchs held a commanding 21-9 lead after one quarter.
Aquinas shooting stayed hot with a layup by Larissa Sellers and a jumper by Valerie Bohuslavsky. Morgan Birkel made two free throws to extend the lead to 27-9.
Two baskets by Lauren Vandenberg trimmed the deficit to 27-14.
At halftime, the Monarchs were in charge 37-21.
David City cut the lead to 42-32 after the break with baskets by Chaquoya Givens and points off the bench from Maya Couch. Then the Monarchs went on a 17-3 run.
Aquinas scored an unprecedented 45 points over the last thirteen minutes of the game. Kobza led the way for Aquinas with 15 second-half points.
“We played a pretty good tournament after coming off a long moratorium break,” Munter said. “They stayed focused on completing the task at hand and gaining some crucial momentum going into the rest of our season.”
The Monarchs Kobza led all scorers with a game-high 24 points. Svoboda had 13 points to lead the Scouts.
The all-tournament team included Kobza and Valerie and Vanessa Bohuslavsky for the Monarchs and Svoboda, Vandenberg, and Givens for the Scouts.
David City returns to play Friday, Jan. 5 at Twin River, and Aquinas plays at home Jan. 2 against Pierce.
December 30 at David City
Aquinas (4-5)- 21 16 22 19 - 78
David City (3-6)- 9 12 14 7 - 42
Scoring - Aquinas: Kobza 24, Thege 14, Val.Bohuslavsky 12, Van. Bohuslavsky 9, Krafka 4, Birkel 4, Meysenburg 4, Krenk 3, Sellers 2, Coufal 2
David City: Svoboda 13, Vandenberg 12, Givens 10, O. Couch 5, M. Couch 2
Rebounds-Aquinas: Kobza 9, Meysenburg 9, Krafka 8, Thege 8, Val. Bohuslavsky 5, Coufal 3, Van. Bohuslavsky 3, Siroky 2, Krench 2, Birkel 2
David City: Givens 10, Svoboda 8, Olivia Couch 6, Daro 5, Vandenberg 4, Backstrom 3, Poulas 2, M. Couch 1
Monarchs wear down Falcons
The Aquinas girls basketball team used second-chance points to put away Douglas County West in the first round on Dec.29. The Monarchs out-rebounded the Falcons 51 to 18 on their way to a 57-34 victory.
“The area of our game that I felt we did a great job at was rebounding,” Aquinas coach Vanessa Munter said. “I challenged the girls to own the boards and that’s exactly what they did.”
Aquinas dominated the game from the opening tip-off.
Veronica Kobza’ layup with 7:10 were the first points of the game. Vanessa Bohuslavsky added jumpers on back-to-back possessions to put the Monarchs up 6-0.
DC West responded with layups from Regan Glock and Jasie Vieth. Emma Kroger’s bucket with under a minute cut the lead to 10-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Aquinas continued to wear down DC West on the inside. Kobza’s rebound and layup put Aquinas up 12-6. Vanessa Bohuslavsky added a layup and a jumper to put the Monarchs up 23-11.
“DC West had some good guards that could shoot from long-range,” Munter Said. “We were able to slow them down by focusing on those guards and really trying to play aggressive defense.”
The Monarchs outscored the Falcons 19-6 in the second quarter and led 29-12 at the half.
Vanessa Bohuslavsky and Kobza added layups for the Monarchs to start the second half. Krafka’s jumper with 3:00 stretched Aquinas lead to 42-25. Heading into the fourth quarter the Monarchs led 45-28, and the Falcons couldn’t close the gap.
Kobza led the Monarch attack with a game-high 18 points. Junior Valerie Bohuslavsky added 10 points.
Regan Glock led the Falcons with 12 points, followed by Rachel MacDonald with 10.
December 29 at David City
Aquinas (3-5)-10 19 17 11 - 57
DC West (2-7)-6 6 18 4 - 34
Scoring- Aquinas: Kobza 18, Valerie Bohuslavsky 10, Krafka 8, Meysenburg 7, Vanessa Bohuslavsky 4, Siroky 4, Sellers 3, Thege 2, Birkel 1.
DC West: Glock 12, MacDonald 10, Vieth 6, Kroger 4, Glidden 2.
Rebounding- Aquinas: Valerie Bohuslavsky 9, Vanessa Bohuslavsky 8, Krafka 8, Meysenburg 6, Kobza 5, Thege 5, Birkel 4, Coufal 3, Sellers 2, Siroky 1.
DC West: Glock 7, Kotlarz 4, Vieth 3, Kroger 3, MacDonald 1.