BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Holy Trinity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 56-78 loss to Southeast Iowa Superconference North Division’s Lone Tree on Friday.
The 9-11 Lions got 32 points from post Brock Smith, who put up a gaudy 23 in the first half, as HTC had no one to keep up with the 6’5″ senior. The Crusaders were able to contain Austin Marshek, who got some wide open looks in the first half en route to 16 on the night. Marshek had four 3-balls in the first period, but was held to just three points in the second half.
HTC fell behind 21-11 in the first period, suffering through a stifling zone trap press that funneled the ball to the middle of the court where the Lions would double, and sometimes triple team, the Crusaders’ Collin Thornton and Reed Fehseke.
Lone Tree opened up a 44-23 halftime lead including a four-minute stretch where the outscored Holy Trinity 11-2 in the second period.
The Crusaders hung with the Lions in the third period in a more evenly match 15-11 Lone Tree advantage, but HTC was down 25 going into the final period and wasn’t able to cut into the lead.
Sophomore Matt Hellige led HTC with 17 on the night. Sophomores Fesheke and Quentin Schneider were each in double figures with 15 and 13 respectively. Brant Holtkamp had four points, including a 3-pointer, Blake Crabtree added three, while Thornton and Ryan Rees each added a bucket.
The loss ends Holy Trinity’s regular season at 4-17 with district sectional action set to begin Monday at 7 p.m. The Crusaders host 3-18 Winfield Mt. Union for a 7 p.m. play-in game, with the winner facing 13th-ranked Iowa Mennonite (18-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m.