BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WAPELLO – Holy Trinity put three girls in double figures including a 27-point performance from senior Ali Randolph but came up short 62-65 on the road Tuesday night.
Randolph who’s average 23.5 points per game over the last two outings scored 13 first-half points but trailed 29-25 at halftime after tying Wapello at 11 after the first period.
HTC opened the third period with some momentum and ran out to a 38-29 lead with just under four minutes left in the period, but Wapello outscored the Lady Crusaders 13-1 the rest of the way to take a four-point lead 42-38 at the end of the period.
Holy Trinity again, as they did last week against Central Lee, had a solid fourth quarter matching Wapello’s girls for 23 points in the fourth quarter that saw 46 combined points.
“The kids played hard, but we struggled with foul trouble all night,” head coach Tony Johnson said.
The stats would bear out that the referees were busy all night. Wapello went to the free throw line 44 times. HTC went to the line 24 times but only converted 8 compared to the Indians’ 21.
Taylor Boeding was second on the team in scoring with 15 points including two second half 3-pointers and Emily Box had 11. Brett Schneider had 3 points for the Lady Crusaders, while Mya Lawlor, Ashley Haas and Madison Mohrfeld all contributed a bucket for Holy Trinity.
Wapello had four girls in double figures led by Korlee Carey with 14 and Emma Reid with a dozen.
HTC is off until Jan. 3, when they play host to New London in a girls/boys varsity double header beginning at 6 p.m.