BY JOHN BOHNENKAMP
FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity’s girls basketball team didn’t have an answer for Isabel Manning.
And the Crusaders are still looking for answers on offense.
Tuesday’s 51-41 loss at Van Buren County was another night of plenty of missed shots for the Crusaders.
“I didn’t think our defense was bad,” Holy Trinity coach Tony Johnson said. “Offensively, we just get out of sync, crowd each other. We’ve got to make shots.”
Johnson was especially frustrated at the Crusaders’ rebounding problems.
“We’d play great defense for 20 seconds, and then give up second-chance shots,” he said. “You’ve got to reward yourself on defense at some point.”
Holy Trinity (4-13 overall, 3-9 SEI Superconference) fell behind 21-8 after the first quarter, but got to within 44-37 with 4:45 left in the game. The Crusaders, though, couldn’t trim more out of the Warriors’ lead.
The Crusaders are without junior forward Kassi Randolph, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.
“We’ve had to move some people around with Kassi out,” Johnson said. “That’s not an excuse, though. We have to do what we have to do.”
Raquel Schneider led Holy Trinity with 15 points, and Brooke Mueller added 12. Schneider had the team’s only two 3-pointers.
“We cannot shoot from the outside this year. I don’t know what it is. We work on it. I don’t know if it’s because we lack confidence, or whatever. But I don’t think there’s been one game where we’ve shot well. Even an OK game at this point would be pretty awesome for us.”
Johnson used 11 players in the game.
“Trying to find magic,” he said. “Anyone who could make a shot for us outside the lane. I just don’t know what to do.”
Manning, a senior, had 32 points for the Warriors, 19 in the first half. Zoe Best had 10.