Aquinas girls may be top seed, but feel like an underdog in GMCT finals

St. Thomas Aquinas junior forward Jessica Cooper takes a baseline jumper against East Brunswick in Tuesday night’s GMC Tournament semis. (Photo: Dom Savino)

St. Thomas Aquinas is the team that has won two straight full GMC Tournament titles. The Trojans are the team that’s 20-3, with a point guard dishing out a GMC-best nearly 5 assists per game, and 111 on the season.

But head coach Joe Whalen says they might as well be an underdog.

That’s a tremendous amount of respect Whalen has for a South Brunswick team that’s the 7th seed, but has had made a run to the finals with the GMC Red Division Coach of the Year in Jeff Johnson.

They will square off tonight: St. Thomas Aquinas and South Brunswick (18-6) at Monroe High School for the GMC girls championship, in a game you can hear tonight on Central Jersey Sports Radio starting at 5:45 with the pregame before a 6:00 tip. Mike Pavlickho and Justin Sontupe will call the action. You can listen live by clicking here.

The Vikings are led by sophomore Meher Vig, who had 12 points the other night in a big upset of third-seed Colonia, which had not lost to a GMC opponent all season. Freshman Alexis Lease-Springer had 17 in a tremendous effort.

St. Thomas Aquinas is 5-5 all-time in the county finals. They have won two straight, going back to 2019 as Bishop Ahr and 2020 as St. Thomas Aquinas, the last full GMC Tournament held due to COVID 19.

Click below to hear a preview of tonight’s game with St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Joe Whalen:

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