BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A 63-35 win over WACO gave the Holy Trinity Catholic girls three wins in their last four games and momentum going into the last half of the season.
Brett Schneider led the Crusaders again with 20 points on the night. Schneider is currently third in the Southeast Iowa Superconference south division in scoring at 15.7 points per game. Holy Trinity sits 6th in the Division behind 6-6 West Burlington, which comes to town Tuesday night.
Following coronations for the Holy Trinity homecoming festivities, the Crusaders came out and slapped a 10-5 first quarter lead on the Warriors with Schneider and junior Emily Box converting all 10 HTC points.
A flat defensive second quarter gave the Warriors a chance to get back in the game. The Warriors Aubrey Gamsey fired in seven points including a 3-pointer leading WACO to an 18-11 second quarter run and a two-point half time lead.
Head Coach Tony Johnson made some corrections in the lockerroom and HTC returned the favor in the 3rd period outscoring the visitors 27-1 picking up the tempo of the game, which typically puts the ball in Schneider’s hands. The senior guard, who gives other ball handlers fits in the press, scored 10 points in the quarter to give Holy Trinity a 48-24 lead going into the final period. The Crusaders scored nine points in the last minute of the quarter.
Johnson said the third quarter defense was some of the best defense he’s seen all year from his squad.
“It was probably the best overall team defense this season,” Johnson said. “We had some early issues getting our minds right after homecoming coronation but the team defense was great and we ran a very controlled second half offense.”
HTC then slowed the game down in the fourth quarter and got the ball inside to posts Box and Madison Mohrfeld and sophomore Avery Hopper. The three combined for 14 of the Crusaders’ 15 points in the quarter.
Box is currently fourth in the conference in rebounding at eight boards per game. She’s also fourth in the conference in blocks with 20.
Box finished with 16 for Holy Trinity followed by Ashlynn Haas with eight, Avery Hopper and Eryn Anderson each scored six points, Madison Mohrfeld had five, and Katie Denning added a bucket.