Taking an important step toward the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title, the Borgia basketball Lady Knights defeated St. Dominic Thursday, 46-38.

“It was a great win in front of a good crowd,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Houlihan said. “It was a big game feel from the tip.”

St. Dominic entered the game ranked eighth in the latest Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 state poll.

Borgia (11-11, 5-1) is tied with Notre Dame (13-5, 5-1) at the top of the league standings. Those two teams play at Borgia Feb. 22. Borgia won the first meeting Dec. 20, 46-33.

St. Dominic (15-5, 5-2), the team which handed Borgia its lone league loss so far, is third in the division.

Rosati-Kain (3-13, 1-5) and Duchesne (3-19, 0-7) are out of contention for the league title.

“We have put ourselves in position to take control of the conference,” Houlihan said.

Borgia jumped out to an early lead in Thursday’s game, outscoring the Lady Crusaders in the first quarter, 13-7. Borgia led 29-16 at the half. St. Dominic rallied in the third quarter, but trimmed only two points off the deficit. It was 37-26 going into the fourth quarter.

“We really started off the game with a lot of pressure that seemed to disrupt their pace,” Houlihan said. “We did get into foul trouble in the first half.”

Freshman Avery Lackey led Borgia in scoring with 12 points. She also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

“Avery Lackey picked up two early fouls but came back in the second half to make the difference,” Houlihan said.

Senior Cassidy Moss netted 10 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

Junior Grace Gettemeier also ended with 10 points. She added six rebounds, three steals, an assist and a blocked shot.

Sophomore Julia Struckhoff scored eight points with four steals, three assists, one blocked shot and a steal.

Junior Dani Kimminau had four points, two steals and a rebound.

Junior Anya Castelli scored two points with four rebounds and a steal.

Junior Britney Harriman pulled down two rebounds.

Borgia hit four three-point shots and went 8-13 from the free-throw line.

“St. Dominic tried the strategy of keeping Cassidy Moss and Grace Gettemeier from scoring in the second half,” Houlihan said. “We were able to keep the lead because of the play of Julia Stuckhoff and Avery Lackey. Dani Kimminau provided some needed scoring as well. Brittney Harriman and Anya Castelli kept the intensity high with their play off the bench.”

Audrey Hermann led St. Dominic in scoring with 18 points. She also had five rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Ella Kasubke scored seven points with 10 rebounds, one assist and a steal.

Cati Poli netted six points with two rebounds and a steal.

Brianna Morrow and Sam Zoellner each scored two points. Morrow pulled down 13 rebounds with four steals and two assists. Zoellner had two assists and a steal.

Mackenzie Ballard, Tori Forbeck and Madison Miller each scored one point. Ballard also had two rebounds. Miller added four assists and a steal.

Borgia is off next week and returns to action Feb. 19 with a home game against Rosati-Kain. That game originally was scheduled for the road, but was switched around.

Borgia goes to Westminster Wednesday, another change. The game had been scheduled to be played Friday, Feb. 23 at Borgia, but was moved because the district tournament starts Saturday, Feb. 24.

Borgia’s final regular season game will be the showdown with Notre Dame Feb. 22.

St. Dominic was 8-14 from the free-throw line and had two three-point baskets.