BY JOHN BOHNENKAMP
WAYLAND — Tony Johnson didn’t even look at the video from Monday’s loss at Mount Pleasant.
The Holy Trinity girls basketball coach liked what he saw one night later.
The Crusaders bounced back with a 58-31 win at WACO, staying in third place in the SEI Superconference South Division race.
Holy Trinity (8-5 overall, 8-2 South Division) broke open a close game with a 15-2 to end the third quarter.
“You’re going to have nights when you lay clunkers,” Johnson said. “We didn’t play very well last night, and tonight we redeemed ourselves.”
A night after making just 11-of-69 shots in a 43-28 loss to Mount Pleasant, the Crusaders got balanced scoring, with three players in double figures. Mary Kate Bendlage had 18 points. Teagan Snaadt had 13 points. Natalie Randolph had 10.
“That’s what we’re after,” Johnson said. “It was great to see Teagan have a game like this. She’s been working hard and I’m glad she got rewarded for everything.”
The Crusaders had a 13-0 first-quarter run for a 16-6 lead, and never trailed after that.
“We’re not going to shoot 11-for-69 every night, so I wasn’t worried about that,” Johnson said. “We ran our offense well tonight, and I thought we did great on defense.”
Holy Trinity outscored WACO (6-7, 2-6) 34-14 in the second half. The Crusaders held Ellah Kissell, who was averaging 19 points per game, to just seven.
“She’s one of the leading scorers in the conference,” Johnson said. “We did great on her.
It’s a four-game week for the Crusaders, who play Cardinal on Friday and at Fort Madison.
Coming back from Monday’s loss, Johnson said, was important.
“I’m just happy for them,” he said. “Honestly, we couldn’t buy a basket last night. No matter what we did, it didn’t work. It was good to see some players who were struggling with their shot getting them to go in tonight. Hopefully we can carry this into Friday and Saturday.”
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