FORTT MADISON - Mary Kate Bendlage, Teagan Snaadt and Presley Myers were fourth-quarter spectators.
Their work was done.
The 60-38 win over New London on Friday night at Shottenkirk Gymnasium gave the Crusaders a chance to use everyone and give their top players some time off in the final minutes.
Bendlage had 19 and Snaadt had 16 for the Crusaders (8-7 overall, 6-6 SEI Superconference South Division). Myers had four points in the first 1 1/2 minutes before leaving the game with an ankle injury, and although she got a few minutes of work in the second half, it was best to give her some rest as well.
“I know they don’t like sitting there,” Holy Trinity coach Tony Johnson said. “We’ve got five or six games left in the season to get ready for regionals, we’ve got a big game against Notre Dame on Tuesday, we’ve got a busy week next week, so I couldn’t afford to get anybody hurt.
Holy Trinity led 48-10 at halftime. The Crusaders had a 25-5 run in the half that included 16 consecutive points.
“The final score really wasn’t indicative of the game,” Johnson said. “I just didn’t really want to take a chance with anything in the second half.”
Bendlage opened the game with a 3-pointer, one of six for the Crusaders for the game. Bendlage, Snaadt and Mary Hellige each had two.
“The shooting was a lot better tonight,” Johnson said. “I’m happy for the girls, because I know how hard they’ve worked on their shooting. We’ve been wanting to get our outside shooting, and it was good to see them do that tonight.”
Nine Crusaders scored. Hellige had six points, and Myers, Reagan Holvoet, Jenna DiPrima and Emma Mohrfeld each had four. Kayla Box had two points and McKayla Schinstock had the Crusaders’ only point of the fourth quarter.
Natalie Burden had 15 points and Sophie Mallott had 11 for New London (0-17, 0-11).
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