West Point-The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys and Girls Basketball Teams split a home doubleheader with David City Aquinas Friday night as the Bluejays took the Girls game 59-32 and the Monarchs won the boys contest 64-24.
In the girls game, GACC went on a 13-2 run to lead 22-11 in the 2nd quarter after the game was tied at 9 early on.
GACC Head Coach Jerry Stracke says his team’s defense set the tone early. “Defense is kind of key for us, and I thought we got after it tonight. And like I said our defense leads to our offense, and we did a good job converting some of our steals and turnovers this time around.”
The Bluejays led 15-9 after one and 39-18 at halftime after outscoring Aquinas 24-9 in the 2nd quarter.
GACC won the 3rd quarter 16-9 to go up 55-27 at the end of three.
The Monarchs scored 5 points in the 4th quarter compared to 4 for the Bluejays.
Midland signee Lexis Haase had 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead GACC, who improves to 7-3, while Brenna Rief scored 12 points, all on 3 pointers. Brandi Doernemann added 10.
“Yeah it was nice to see a couple of other girls in double figures for us. They’ve been working hard. Like I said Lexis is our glue to our team, and she had a good night, a lot of good passes. And offensively we’re getting better, and hopefully we’ll continue to improve in that area,” Stracke said.
Valerie Bohuslavsky and Veronica Kobza had 7 points apiece to pace Aquinas, who lost their 5th straight game to fall to 2-5 on the season.
21 unofficial turnovers from the Monarchs, including 12 in the 1st half created by the Bluejays’ full court press is a big reason why GACC won the way they did.
“We have to play that full court game cause our half court defense isn’t there yet. And so far this year the girls are buying into it, and they’ve been playing hard, and that’s all I can ask for,” Stracke said.
The Bluejays were 4-7 at the free throw line while the Monarchs went 6-11.
GACC led by as many as 30 points.
In the boys game, GACC led 5-0 early on before Aquinas went on a 13-0 run and eventually led 18-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.
GACC Head Coach Alex Stieren. “We started off great. That’s exactly what we wanted. But then we kind of went flat. We got a couple of quick fouls. Started missing some easy shots. And when you only make 4 shots at half it’s going to be rough, but the kids powered through it. And there were times that I thought they were going to give up, but they didn’t, they powered through it.”
The Monarchs outscored the Bluejays 17-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 35-14 lead into the locker room.
Aquinas won the 3rd quarter 18-5 to extend their lead to 53-19 at the end of three.
The Monarchs put up 11 points in the 4th quarter compared to 5 for GACC.
Tyler Vavrina and Zach Zavodny had 16 points apiece to lead Aquinas, who upped their record to 5-2, while Dan Stara had 8.
Landon Stalp had 7 points to pace the Bluejays, who fall to 2-5.
Aquinas stopped dribble penetration and forced GACC to settle for jumpers.
“Yeah when you’re shooting that bad from the field it’s going to be a rough night, and you just have to hold on and keep everybody together to make sure they still play as a team. You still have to play fundamentals, and it’s a lot that they have to adapt to when shots aren’t falling,” Stieren said.”
The Bluejays went 4-8 at the free throw line while the Monarchs went 4-11.
The GACC Boys take on BRLD at 7:15 p.m. next Friday night at the BRLD Holiday Tournament while the Girls play Homer at 2:00 p.m. in the same tournament.
Both Aquinas teams are back in action next Friday at the David City Holiday Tournament.