Defense helps HTC girls to Tuesday road win

Mt. Pleasant rallies in second half to down Crusaders on Monday night

DANVILLE – Balanced scoring was the key for the Holy Trinity Catholic girls basketball team Tuesday night as the Crusaders won on the road at Danville 44-28.

No Crusader scored in double figures, but a stingy defense kept the Bears in single digits each quarter.

Both teams started slowly offensively with Danville holding a 9-8 first quarter lead. But HTC would start to heat up from long-range connecting on a three pointer as time expired in the first quarter.

Junior Bailey Hellweg and senior Ashlyn Haas combined for three 3-balls in the first half to ignite a 12-6 second quarter run. Holy Trinity would lead 21-15 at the half.

HTC would again hit on three 3-pointers in the second half with Haas, senior Avery Hopper and junior Maria Rauenbuehler each scoring from long range. Hopper put in seven of her team high nine points in the second half.

Holy Trinity held Danville to just four points down the stretch to put the game away.

Claire Pothitakis and Haas each scored eight in the loss. Hellweg had six, while Rauenbuehler scored five. Raquel Schneider and Brooke Mueller each scored four points to round out the scoring for HTC.

On Monday night, the Crusaders squandered a 21-18 first half lead on the road at Mt. Pleasant scoring just six second half points. The Panthers rallied for a 37-28 win as HTC went cold for just three third quarter, and four fourth quarter points.

Haas and Hopper led the girls with seven and six points, respectively.

Holy Trinity (6-7) goes across town on Saturday for its annual matchup with Fort Madison. Junior varsity and varsity, boys and girls all play with games starting at 2 p.m.

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