BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DONNELLSON – If the Holy Trinity girls team had a player named Stella, we could say they’re in a groove.
The Lady Cruaders knocked off Southeast Iowa Superconference South leader Central Lee 55-44 on Tuesday night on the road. The Lady Hawks were 13-2 coming into the game against HTC at 8-8.
“The girls played great team offense and defense,” said head coach Tony Johnson.
“Brett did a great job getting us in our offenses all night and Ashlyn Haas and Taylor Boeding hit big shots.”
Haas, just a freshman led the Crusaders with 16 points including two 3-pointers, while Boeding had three from long distance en route to 13 points. Senior Ali Randolph added a dozen.
The Crusaders’ defense held the Lady Hawks, who are averaging 57 points per outing, to just 14 first half points on their way to a 23-14 lead going into the lockerroom.
The second half started slowly for the Crusaders and Central Lee found themselves back in the game at the end of the third period with the teams tied 31-31, but the Lady Crusaders came flying back in the final period putting up 22 points to Central Lee’s 14 to seal the win.
Johnson said it was a complete win with everyone playing their respective roles.
“Ali Randolph and Emily Box did their thing inside rebounding and scoring and the bench did a great job spelling the starters and we didn’t have a huge drop in production while they were in,” he said.
HTC has three regular season games remaining before regional play starts. They host Danville on Friday and then have Wapello and New London next week to wrap up the regular season.
“The girls are really focusing in and getting mentally ready for regional play. This was just a huge win for us and gives us great momentum and serves as a confidence builder,” Johnson said.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Crusaders was Emily Box with 9, Samantha Hoenig with 2, Brett Schneider with 1 point.