BY CHUCK VANDENBERG – EDITOR
ELDON – The HTC Crusaders used a balanced scoring attack and some stingy defense to roll over host Cardinal of Eldon 62-26 Friday night.
Senior Ali Randolph led the HTC scoring with 13 points followed by sophomore Taylor Boeding’s dozen and junior Madison Mohrfeld’s 11.
HTC Head coach Tony Johnson played down the lopsided win but was happy that the entire team contributed to the win.
“We played well at times, but we need to clean things up on defense and rebounding,” Johnson said.
HTC started slowly in the first quarter trailing 5-6 at the 4 minute mark, but the lid came off the baskets from that point forward with the Crusaders surging to a 6-point first quarter lead at 12-6 after holding Cardinal scoreless for about 7 minutes. Cardinal didn’t get another point until a free throw with six minutes left in the first half and by that time HTC has sped out to a 20-7 lead. Cardinal would never get closer as HTC put up 33 first half points to just 17 from the hosts.
It was much the same in the second half as HTC didn’t look back wrapping up the third quarter with a 48-19 advantage.
The Crusaders only gave up 9 points in the second half in cleaning up the win.
“Every player contributed tonight offensively and defensively. We’re a young team, still gelling and we will get where we want to be with hard work and focus.
Other scorers for HTC were: sophomore Mya Lawlor 6, junior Brett Schneider 5, sophomore Emily Box and freshman Ashlyn Haas 4, junior Samantha Hoenig 3, freshman Avery Hopper and senior Maggie Walker 2.
HTC plays host to Central Lee Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m. for a varsity girls/boys doubleheader.