Lakeview wins physical matchup
Black and blue are the appropriate colors for Aquinas and Lakeview.
That’s the type of game they played Saturday at the Aquinas gym.
In a back-and-forth, physical matchup, Lakeview used Gracie Borer’s athleticism and Abby Kapels’ height advantage down low to get a 61-56 victory in overtime.
Neither team led by more than five points in regulation and Lakeview took its largest advantage at 60-54 in the extra period.
“Midway through the fourth quarter I said, ‘All you gotta do is have balance,’” Lakeview head coach Monte Jones said. “Because there’s lots of bumping, but you’ve got to adapt.”
“That’s why I think we were able to finish like we did.”
The game was tied at 39-all after three quarters and 45-all halfway through the fourth after Aquinas’ Veronica Kobza knocked down a 3-pointer.
The Vikings went on a 5-0 run capped by Borer’s lone 3-pointer to go up 50-45 before Valerie Bohuslavsky answered with two layups, one coming off her steal, to close the gap. The Aquinas junior scored seven of her nine points in the final quarter.
Two free throws from Kapels, who led all scorers with 20 points, put Lakeview ahead 52-49 with time ticking down, but the Monarchs had another answer.
This time it came from Vanessa Bohuslavsky, who buried a 3-pointer from the corner with 2.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Aquinas hit eight 3-pointers in the game, including four from Vanessa Bohuslavsky, who finished with a team-high 14 points.
“We don’t have a lot of height, so we try to use our advantages,” Aquinas head coach Vanessa Munter said of her team’s long-range shooting.
“I tell them if they’re open, take it with confidence,” she added.
In overtime, though, the shots weren’t dropping for Aquinas.
Lakeview took a 59-54 lead when Morgan Bignell dished to Kapels for an easy bucket in the lane with one minute left and a free throw from Borer, who went 6 of 10 at the line and scored 17 points, gave the Vikings their biggest advantage of the game.
The Vikings missed 3 of 4 free throws late in overtime, but Aquinas couldn’t capitalize.
“If our shots kept falling, it would have been a different story,” Munter said.
Both teams were playing their third game of the week, all decided by single digits.
“Going into overtime tonight, the legs weren’t there,” Munter said.
Jones, on the other hand, thought his team’s 37-36 last-second win Friday night at Centennial helped the Vikings come out on top in another tight one Saturday.
“I think last night’s game was the key to us winning tonight’s game, because we were just in that situation,” he said.
Getting Kapels, a 5-foot-11 junior, 19 field-goal attempts didn’t hurt either. She scored seven points in the first quarter, which ended in a 12-12 tie, and 10 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“That’s what’s got to happen in a game like this,” Jones said.
Lakeview, which shot 13 of 24 at the free-throw line, didn’t take its first lead until 5:40 remained in the second quarter and the Vikings were up 28-27 at halftime.
Aquinas led 39-34 in the third quarter before Lakeview’s Makenna Klug hit the last of her three 3-pointers and the Vikings pulled even at 39-all entering the fourth period.
Klug finished with nine points for Lakeview and Brooklyn Wilke had six.
Kobza, the lone senior on Aquinas’ roster, scored 12 points, Larissa Sellers had nine, all in the first half, and Breanna Stouffer chipped in eight.
“They’re getting more game experience,” Munter said while crediting her young team for fighting until the end.
Aquinas (7-7) plays Friday at Class C-2, No. 1 Hastings St. Cecilia.
January 13 at AquinasAquinas 12 15 12 13 4 -56Lakeview 12 16 11 13 9-61 Scoring - Aquinas: Van . Bohuslavsky- 17, V. Kobza- 12, Val. Bohuslasky- 9, S. Meysenburg-2, L. Sellers- 9, B. Stuffer- 5, J. Krafka-2.