BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KALONA - The Holy Trinity boys lost 83% of their scoring from last year and that showed up Monday as the Crusaders' season ended with a 61-36 loss to Hillcrest Academy.
The Ravens (12-4, 15-6) got 29 points from junior Grant Bender, including 17 in the second half, where Hillcrest pulled away. Bender's 12 fourth-quarter points put the game away.
The Crusaders trailed by 13 at the end of the first half, but closed that to ten at 38-28 in the third quarter. But the Ravens, behind Bender's effort, put up 23 points in the final period to send HTC back to Fort Madison with the season behind them.
Conner Gehling, who led the Crusaders (6-16) in scoring throughout the year, ended the year the same way with 11 points. Freshman Luke Hellige had 10 points. Nick Fullenkamp scored five points all in the final period. Adam Sobczak had four, Tyler Snaadt had three points, and Mikey DiPrima had two in the loss.
"We had a great season. We lost 83% of our scoring and only had four upperclassmen, none with any real experience," Hellige said.
"To win six games in the south SEISC with two freshman and two sophomores to go along with the upperclassmen was a huge building year for us. We're super excited for the bunch coming back."
Holy Trinity ends the year at 5-11 in the Southeast Iowa Superconference and 6-16 overall. They finished seventh out of nine in the SIESC South Division.
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