BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PEN CITY EDITOR
FORT MADISON – The Holy Trinity Lady Crusaders got a belated Christmas gift Tuesday in the freshman package of Ashlyn Haas.
Haas threw in a season high 23 points to lead Holy Trinity past visiting New London 62-40 at Shottenkirk Gymnasium.
Much like the HTC varsity boys did later in the evening, the girls squad came out of the lockerroom sluggish and couldn’t find any points until almost five minutes had past in the first period, but has been the case with the Lady Crusaders all year, if they give you one bad quarter, plan on a good one as well.
HTC raced by the Lady Tigers in the second period outscoring New London 23-11 going into halftime.
Head Coach Tony Johnson said he likes what he’s seeing in scoring output from the girls especially after the holiday break.
“We put 60 up in our last game in Wapello, so we’re getting better,” he said.
Haas set the tone for HTC in the first half with three 3-pointers enroute to 15 first half points. Johnson said he’s been on the freshman to pull the trigger more often.
“We’ve been begging her to shoot from day one,” Johnson said. “And over Christmas we worked on her a little more and she finally grabbed the bull by the horns. She can shoot…if she’ll just shoot.”
He said New London was aware of sophomore Taylor Boeding 3-point prowess and set up a defense to keep her under control.
They were playing a box-and-one on Taylor, so she wasn’t going to score tonight. Taylor’s one of our leading scorers and she wasn’t going to score so someone had to step up and Ashlyn did,” Johnson said.
Junior Brett Schneider, who was held scoreless in the first half, teamed up with Haas in the second half with 8 points each as the Lady Crusaders pushed their lead to as many as 24 before the game ended.
Rounding out the scoring for HTC was Ali Randolph with 14, Mya Lawlor added 6, Boeding had 5, Emily Box chipped in with 4, and Maggie Walker added a bucket.
HTC is 4-5 on the season coming out of the break and travels to Notre Dame for a girls/boys jv/varsity matchup on Friday.