HTC knocks off Wolves in SEISC Shootout

District play starts Feb. 20 v. Pekin in Packwood


FORT MADISON – It’s a rare thing to have a boys high school basketball game where no one on either team scores in double figures, but that’s what happened Friday night in a 41-33 Holy Trinity boys win over Winfield Mt. Union.

Holy Trinity’s low but balanced scoring attack, and some solid defense resulted in the Southeast Iowa Superconference Shootout win.

The Crusaders (8-12) managed to run away with the win at Shottenkirk Gymnasium with Quentin Schneider leading the way with nine points.

Winfield held a slim 8-7 lead going into a second quarter that saw seven different Crusaders score as Holy Trinity ran off a 16-7 run to lead 23-15 at the half.

Head Coach John Hellige traditionally runs a six-man rotation, but has been slipping sophomore Mikey DiPrima in more regularly as the flu ran rampant through the area the past two weeks.

Winfield would cut the lead to six after three with junior Bryce Wade putting up five, including a 3-pointer to help narrow the gap to 29-23.

Two minutes into the fourth, Winfield had cut the lead to three on long-ball from Christian Gerot. But Schneider and Vasin Thurman would go to work inside to push the lead back to seven.

The Crusader defense would hold the Wolves scoreless for four minutes and HTC held a 38-31 lead with a minute to go. The Wolves wouldn’t be able to get back in the game.

Chandler Rung and Jason Thurman each had seven for Holy Trinity. Vasin Thurman had six points, while Blake Crabtree scored five, DiPrima had four and Matt Hellieg had three points to round out the HTC scoring.

The Wolves (5-14) were led by Gerot and Ty Yocum with seven each.

The Crusaders round out the regular season Tuesday with a home game against Central Lee.

Holy Trinity kicks off District 8 play on Feb. 20 against Pekin in Pekin at 7 p.m. The winner travel to Burlington Feb. 25 to face the winner of Burlington Notre Dame and a play-in winner between Tri-County Thornburg and Sigourney at 8 p.m.

The district championship will be played in Mediapolis at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.

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