BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Van Buren junior Taryn Scheuermann has already committed to the University of Northern Iowa and she lived up to the hype on Tuesday at Shottenkirk Gym.
The Lady Warriors ran away from Holy Trinity Catholic 71-38 in girls Southeast Iowa Superconference basketball action Tuesday night.
Scheuermann had seven blocks on the night and kept Holy Trinity from any kind of inside game for most of the night.
HTC held the third leading scorer in Class 2A to just two field goals in the first period, but all that attention left Madison Bartholomew open and she was able to hit for nine points in the first period to help Van Buren to a 20-11 first quarter lead. HTC had the game tied at 5s on a bucket from senior Mya Lawlor off a feed from senior Emily Box.
That would be as close as the Crusaders would get as Van Buren opened up a 26-11 lead in the second period before senior Eryn Anderson would score underneath for a 26-13 Van Buren lead. Scheuermann would score on the next trip down for Van Buren, but Holy Trinity would answer when Mya Lawlor missed on a drive, but junior Ashlynn Haas was underneath the hoop for the rebound and she was able to score inside.
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HTC would stop Van Buren on the next trip down and then senior Taylor Boeding would score just inside the 3-point arc giving the Crusaders a little momentum. After another stop with Holy Trinity pressing the inbounds play, Haas, who finished with 15 points all in the first half, would come back down and hit a 3-ball to cap a 9-2 run before Scheuermann would cool things off inside with a bucket to make it 30-20.
Bartholomew would hit another from long range and Scheuermann, who finished with 22 on the night, would score back-to-back to help stretch the Warrior lead to 45-27 at halftime.
Head Coach Tony Johnson said the plan was to front up the 6’3″ junior and then get help from the back.
“On defense we were gonna try and front her up and have weak side help, but we got into foul trouble so that killed that in the first half,” Johnson said. “On offense we tried to play a little four out and one in and try to drag her out from underneath the basket.”
Holy Trinity went cold shooting in the third period missing its first five shots of the period before junior Avery Hopper got on the board with a short jumper but Van Buren already had a sizeable 50-30 lead. The Crusaders would miss five more in a row before Hopper ended the streak again with a bucket off a rebound. Senior Emily Box, who is averaging about 14 points per game and was locked up on Scheuermann most of the night, finally got on the board with 6:22 remaining and the game firmly in hand with the Warriors up 60-34.
Hopper would score the final two buckets for the Crusaders, finishing with nine points on the night. All the other scorers for the Crusaders were in single digits. Boeding had five and Box finished with three points, while Lawlor, Claire Pothitakis, and Eryn Anderson each had two on the night. Anderson suffered a knee injury and left the game in the third quarter.
“We made a few shots but we have to shoot with more confidence,” Johnson said. “But it’s intimidating when you get five shots blocked inside in the first half. We work with the girls every night on inside moves and we have to do something besides a drop step against a 6’3″ girl. The effort was there but credit to them. They played good defense and shot the ball well. That’s why they’re a ranked team.”
The Crusaders fall to 4-3 on the season and travel to WACO Friday night in a girl/boy varsity double header.