FT. MADISON — New London played Holy Trinity tough in Thursday night’s Class 1A regional opener, but the Tigers could never get over the hump in a 52-44 loss.
The Tigers and Crusaders traded punches in the first quarter. Kara Krieger had five first-quarter points, but the Tigers trailed 10-9 after eight minutes.
Layney Loyd scored six points in the second quarter, and she and Krieger finished the first half with eight apiece, but the rest of the New London squad had just two in the first two periods and the Tigers trailed 22-18 at the break.
The third quarter was all Krieger and Loyd again. Kreiger added eight points to her total and Loyd scored four, but HTC held a 36-30 lead after three quarters.
The Tigers kept coming in the fourth quarter, but every time New London found a basket, HTC had an answer. A handful of 3-pointers by senior Ashlyn Haas helped keep the Tigers at bay all night long.
In the final minute, New London freshman Emma Nye banked in a corner 3-pointer to cut the HTC lead down to three points, but the Crusaders hit their free throws late and the Tigers ran out of time.
“We knew we had to identify their 3-point shooters,” said Tiger head coach Chad Wahls. “They’re not great 3-point shooters but you’re always a better 3-point shooting team at home. Haas is a senior and she wanted to step up and lead her team, and she hit I think four threes. We didn’t do a good job of identifying shooters.”
Loyd finished the game with 18 points to lead the Tigers. Krieger had 16 of her own. Nye and Ashlyn McSorley scored there poitns apiece. Marah Hartrick and Addie Pry finished with two each.
New London finished the season 5-17. It was the last game for three seniors; Loyd, Krieger and Pry, a trifecta that has logged countless minutes for a short-handed Tiger squad, especially in the last two years.
“They had three coaches in four years,” Wahls said. “They did everything that I asked the last two years and worked their tails off.”
With the win, HTC moved on to play at Lone Tree in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday.