Hellige snaps HTC scoring mark with 45

Junior scores 24 in second half as Crusaders roll Highland


RIVERSIDE – Someone didn’t tell the Highland boys basketball team about Luke Hellige.
The junior Holy Trinity Crusader put up a school record 45 points in Tuesday night’s 107-46 win over the Huskies (2-18) in a SEI Superconference cross division matchup.
Hellige’s 45 points surpasses the 40 that were put up by Connor Conrad back in 2017. Hellige also surpassed 1,000 points on the season and is now in the top 20 in the state scoring in all classes. Hidden in those lofty stats is the fact that junior Adam Sobczak still is tops in the state in all classes with 161 assists on the season.
The Huskies opened the game well and trailed by just six with a minute left in the first quarter, but then HTC put together one of their best quarters of the season putting up 41 points in the second with senior Conner Gehling putting up 17. He had 23 points in the first half and finished with 29.
Holy Trinity would continue the barrage in the second half with Hellige hitting five 3-balls enroute to 24 second half points as the Crusaders ran away.
Holy Trinity finishes the regular season 10-4 in SEISC South play, good enough for third behind undefeated West Burlington 13-0, and 16-5 overall. Notre Dame was second in the division at 10-3 with a 14-5 overall mark.
The Crusaders are off until Monday when they open Substate 5, District 10 play. They will host either Tri-County or Seymour who have a play-in game Friday. HTC is seeded No. 1 in District 10 and with each win they will host the following game. Second round action is Thursday Feb. 15 with the district final set for Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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