BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
BURLINGTON – The cold chill in the air blew right into the gym at Notre Dame in Burlington Friday night and enveloped Holy Trinity’s Lady Crusader shooters.
HTC managed only 12 first half points enroute to a 59-31 blowout against the Nikes. The Nikes’ senior Johanna Myers almost single-handedly outscored the Holy Trinity team but putting up 29 in the Southeast Iowa Superconference action.
The Nikes’ rated No. 9 in Class 1A, jumped all over Holy Trinity going up by as much as 7 in the first quarter and then pulled to an 18-point lead at the end of the first half, while Holy Trinity girls were getting open shots inside and out, but couldn’t buy a bucket in the second quarter.
The trend continued through the rest of the game with Myers converting in transition off missed buckets.
“We couldn’t hit nothin’,” said HTC head coach Tony Johnson after the game. “We played well for a while in the first quarter and then we started missing shots and they got frustrated because we couldn’t get anything to go down.”
“They beat us to the 50-50 balls and got more rebounds. we just couldn’t hit anything…if we would have hit a couple of the shots early we would have been right back in it. I’ve just never seen a whole team go cold and I had 10 girls that couldn’t buy a bucket.”
The Lady Crusaders didn’t have a single player in double figures. Ali Randolph, who at times pressured Myers into some turnovers off a man-to-man press, led the Holy Trinity team with 9 points. Followed by Ashlyn Haas and Madison Mohrfeld with 5 each, Mya Lawlor and Emily Box each added 4, while Taylor Boeding and Avery Hopper each added two points.
Holy Trinity falls to 4-5 on the season and visits crosstown Fort Madison on Saturday in a 5 p.m. girls varsity game.
“It was just one of those nights. So hopefully tomorrow night at 5 we’ll have it all out of our system,” Johnson said.