BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MONTEZUMA – Again it was just a single quarter that sent the Holy Trinity girls basketball team home with a loss. But this one, a 70-48 regional semi final loss to Montezuma Friday night, ended the girls season
The Crusaders end the season 11-13
Senior Brett Schneider put up 25 points utilizing her speed and quickness, six of the buckets coming off steals. Junior Emily Box had nine boards to lead HTC and chipped in with eight points.
After trailing by just five at the end of the first quarter against the Braves put some distance in the game starting the second period with a 7-0 run . HTC responded with five quick points with six minutes left to go in the half to cut the lead to 11, 31-20.
Montezuma would then put up another 8-1 run to carry an 18-point lead going into the locker room.
The Braves, who came into the game shooting 32% from long-range were able to score from the perimeter, especially in the second quarter when freshman Elise Boulton connected on three. She went 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc. As a team the Braves launched 22 3-pointers on the night, hitting on eight.
But the also countered with sophomore Shateah Wetering who went 7-of-9 inside and put up 17 to lead Montezuma in scoring.
The second half saw the Braves only outscore HTC by four, but the second period deficit was too much to overcome. The Crusaders didn’t get on the board until four minutes left in the third period and by that time were down 26. However HTC did outscore the Braves the rest of they way.
“Montezuma moved the ball well,” said head coach Tony Johnson. “We tried four different defenses and they adjusted well. They shot the three very well and we could never dig out of the 2nd quarter hole we dug ourselves into.”
“We learned some somethings about ourselves for next season and we will be back better because of those hard-learned lessons.”
Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders was Madison Mohrfeld with four, Mya Lawlor, Ashlynn Haas and Taylor Boeding each with three points and Eryn Anderson with a bucket.
With the win Montezuma will go up against 22-0 North Mahaska in Grinnell Monday night in the regional finals.
Johnson said the team will miss outgoing seniors Brett Schneider, Madison Mohrfeld and Samantha Hoenig.
“We will miss the leadership of exiting seniors Brett, Madison and Samantha. But I believe we have built a foundation for many years of great Lady Crusader basketball to come,” Johnson said.
“We have six players returning next season. Emily Box Taylor Boeding, Mya Lawlor, Eryn Anderson Avery Hopper and Ashlyn Haas. Hopefully we can start next season at 100% health. We made it to the regional semifinal for the first time in a while and we believe the girls with some hard work and focus this summer can exceed this year accomplishments.”