BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Van Buren Warriors threw 6’3′ sophomore Taryn Scheuermann repeatedly at Holy Trinity Tuesday night and took a second win of the season from the Crusaders 45-32.
Scheuermann scored 23 points, mostly under the basket, as the Crusaders tried using junior post Emily Box and sophomore Avery Hopper underneath to disrupt her. Scheuermann is averaging 18.6 points per outing, 17th in Class 2A in the state.
The Crusaders only got six points from Brett Schneider who’s third in the Southeast Iowa Superconference in scoring with 17.5 points per game. Schneider gets the majority of her points from layups in transition, but the Crusaders couldn’t get into the uptempo style of play that triggers Schneider’s points.
“They play a pretty good half court 1-3-1 defense and they’re big across the middle. With the Scheuermanm girl in back it was hard for her to get inside and get her layups,” Head Coach Tony Johnson said.
Holy Trinity dug out of an early 10-3 deficit to come back to within two at 17-19 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half when junior Taylor Boeding hit a 3-pointer.
Scheuermann countered from inside the lane to push the lead back to 4, 21-17 at the half.
The second half started much the same, but Holy Trinity went quiet shooting only managing three free throws until :49 seconds left in the third quarter when Madison Mohrfeld converted inside after hitting two free throws on the previous play. The Warriors took that opportunity to go on an 8-3 run in the period, highlighted by three straight buckets by Scheuermann and the Warriors had a 31-24 lead at the end of three.
“We didn’t have a very good third quarter and had a stagnant offense,” Johnson said. “We didn’t move well, we tried to get inside and we had some luck but we just didn’t shoot very well.
Johnson, who usually employs a full or three quarter zone press, said Van Buren’s height prevented from him deploying the pressure game.
“We tried some presses, but they’re tall enough that they can throw it over us so we had to back it down some,” Johnson said. “We tried a little half court and that didn’t work and then towards the end, and I knew it would take a lot of our energy, but we tried a man press and it worked for the most part. But we were far enough behind that we got them into the double bonus and couldn’t catch up.”
The Crusaders were able to cut the lead to nine on two separate occasions, but the deficit forced the Crusaders to foul to try and keep the ball which backfired as Van Buren went 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 90 seconds.
Johnson said the girls played well against the bigger school.
“We played two really great games and I thought we played well tonight,” he said. “That’s a big 2A school with big kids and we hung right with them and had the score in single digits a couple of times.”
Boeding led the Crusaders with 12 points all on 3-pointers, Schneider had six points, followed by Emily Box and Madison Mohrfeld with five. Avery Hopper scored three points and Eryn Anderson scored a point. Box led Holy Trinity with eight rebounds and five blocks.
The 5-7 Crusaders host Waco on Friday night, which will also be the HTC Homecoming festivities.