BY PCC STAFF
NEW LONDON – The Holy Trinity girls overcame a stagnant second quarter and then tightened the screws in the fourth quarter to down New London 55-43 in girls high school basketball action Tuesday.
HTC jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, but the Lady Tigers came roaring back outscoring Holy Trinity 25-17 the rest of the first half behind 18 points from senior Layney Loyd.
The Crusaders held a five point lead at 16-11 at the end of one. New London would cut the lead to one at 19-20 with four minutes left in the half and then pour it on for a 27-24 halftime advantage.
Holy Trinity was able to cut into the lead in the third quarter and would tie the game at 37 going into the final period.
Head Coach Tony Johnson said sophomore Kassie Randolph spurred Holy Trinity in the second half defensively and on the boards, while seniors Avery Hopper and Ashlynn Haas put points on the board.
The two seniors each popped for 15 points on the night to lead Holy Trinity and both had six in the first half and nine in the second. The Crusaders put up 28 fourth quarter points and took the lead quickly at 42-39 with just a minute gone.
Once they had the lead, New London wouldn’t catch up and HTC stretched it to nine at 50-41 with three minutes left.
“Our defense led us back to the win,” Johnson said. “Ashlynn and Avery stepped up in the fourth quarter and Kassie did a really good job in the second half rebounding and defensively.”
Raquel Schneider and Claire Pothitakis each had six points for HTC, Bailey Hellweg finished with five, Randolph had four, while Ali Robu and Brooke Mueller each added a bucket in the first half.
Through three games Haas is averaging 15.7 points per contest which is seventh in a loaded Southeast Iowa Superconference South. Sophomore Raquel Schneider is fourth in the conference in rebounding at nine per outing.
Holy Trinity (3-1) hosts Burlington Notre Dame (2-0) Friday in a girls/boys varsity doubleheader at Shottenkirk Gym on Homecoming night for the Crusaders.