BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
NEW LONDON – The Holy Trinity girls did just enough to stay ahead of New London Friday night and pull out a win.
The Tigers pulled the game even with about two minutes left at 35, but the Crusaders were able to hang on for a 39-37 win in Southeast Iowa Superconference South action in New London.
The win pulls Holy Trinity even on the year at 10-10, New London falls to 9-10 with both teams finishing up the regular season with the SEISC Shootout today in Danville.
The Crusaders got a little handsie in the fourth quarter sending New London to the free-throw line eight times. Senior Madysen Wahls made six free throws in the final period. She led all scorers with 17 points.
Senior Ali Randolph led the Crusaders with 13 points including four in a 6-point 4th quarter that allowed New London back into the game.
“We played pretty vanilla,” Head Coach Tony Johnson said. “The girls did enough to get the win and we see (New London) again next week in the first round of regionals.”
The first quarter looked like Johnson was going to get a balanced scoring effort as Brett Schneider and Emily Box each had four points and Mya Lawlor added a bucket. Senior Ali Randolph, who sits at 5th place in the conference at 12.0 points per game, didn’t get on the board until the 2nd quarter, when she scored six of the Crusaders 10 points to give HTC a slim 20-18 lead at halftime.
Taylor Boeding started the third quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead to five but then HTC was held scoreless for almost six minutes while New London chipped away at the lead. The Tigers took their one and only lead at the three minute mark 25-23 on a three-point play by freshman Alex Wenger. Boeding answered with another 3-pointer and the Crusaders were back on top 26-25. HTC got two more buckets and a free throw in the last minute of the period for a 33-27 score going into the final period.
The Tigers then started getting frequent trips to the free-throw line where they converted all seven of their attempts in the period and actually had the game tied at 35 at the one-minute mark. But Randolph made back-to-back free throws to help put the game away.
Other scorers for Holy Trinity included Schneider with 8, Emily Box and Boeding had 6 each, Samantha Hoenig had 3, Mya Lawlor scored two and Madison Mohrfeld had one. Box and Schneider each had 8 boards for the Crusaders. Box is currently 2nd in the conference with 9 per game.