BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – Highland’s 6’8″ Zack Lasek made Holy Trinity change their game plan after putting up eight points in the first quarter.
That plan worked in the second quarter, but the senior exploded for 12 points in the final period as Highland ran away with a 57-46 win Thursday night at Holy Trinity.
The Crusaders were down 10-6 in the first quarter having trouble stopping Highland’s big man, but came back in the 2nd quarter and actually held a two-point lead at 15-11 lead with three minutes left in the half.
Highland’s Mason McFarland would connect on a 3-ball after an HTC bucket to cut the lead to three 17-14 and then would score back-to-back buckets to tie things up at 19 with a minute left.
The Huskies would get a defensive stop with less than a minute to go and convert in transition to take a 21-19 lead into the locker room.
In the third period, Holy Trinity would tie things up at 23-all two minutes into the period, but Highland would go on a 12-0 run over the next two and half minutes to open up a 36-25 lead behind the long distance shooting of McFarland, Bill Loughlin and Cole Adamson.
The Crusaders would get within five in the first minute of the fourth quarter, and then three at 40-43 with about five minutes to play, but Lasek would put the Huskies on his back the rest of the way.
Lasek would put in his dozen and Highland would go 10 of 11 from the free throw line to put the game away.
Chandler Rung had a career high 18 points for Holy Trinity including a 3-pointer and going 7-of-9 at the free throw line. He was the only player in double figures for the Crusaders.
Vasin Thurman had eight points, Quentin Schneider added six, while Matt Hellige and Blake Crabtree each scored five points and Jason Thurman had four. Schneider fouled out with three of his fouls coming in the fourth quarter.
The Crusaders (0-2) travel to New London on Tuesday for boys/girls varsity doubleheader.