DAVID CITY — Back-to-back 3-pointers pulled David City Aquinas even with Class C-1, No. 7 Scotus Central Catholic early in the fourth quarter.
The Shamrocks (14-5) responded with a 10-2 run to distance themselves from the upset-minded Monarchs (9-10) and escape with a 42-36 road victory Thursday night.
“It was not very pretty,” Scotus head coach Jarrod Ridder said.
After a week layoff, Scotus looked a little rusty to start the game.
“It took a little while to get back in the swing of things,” Ridder added.
Both teams sputtered through most of the first half with each turning the ball over three times in the opening minutes. Marika Spencer scored seven straight points to give the Shamrocks a 9-7 lead before the Monarchs knotted the game at 9-all after the opening period.
Aquinas opened a 14-10 lead, its biggest of the game, early in the second quarter. Despite not making a field goal in the second quarter, the Shamrocks managed to work back to a 14-14 tie at the halftime break.
“They put a lot of pressure on us,” Ridder said.
Behind Maggie Feehan, Scotus got its offense in rhythm in the second half, matching its first-half output in both the third and fourth quarters. The senior guard scored all of her game-high 13 points in the second half.
“We challenged her to be more aggressive at halftime,” Ridder said.
Feehan responded with seven points in the third quarter as Scotus took a 28-24 lead going to the final period. Six more Feehan points in the fourth helped seal the win.
Aquinas hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, sandwiched around a basket from Scotus’ Bailey Lehr, to knot the game at 30-all.
The Shamrocks controlled the game the rest of the way, holding the Monarchs without a field goal after the two treys.
Scotus won the game at the free-throw line, finishing 20 of 34. Aquinas was 9 of 14.
“We did a good job attacking the rim in the second half,” Ridder said.
Lehr and Spencer both added 11 points for the Shamrocks. Breanna Stouffer led Aquinas with 10.
The Shamrocks host Kearney Catholic on Saturday while Aquinas plays that day at Class C-1, No. 2 Lincoln Christian.