The Christian Academy appeared ready to play early in Saturday’s PIAA Class A girls basketball opener, grabbing a quick 11-10 lead while seeing junior guard Lindsay Haseltine find her scoring touch in the confines of Pottsville’s Martz Hall.
But the Crusaders’ production fell off dramatically in the second quarter and TCA never recovered, falling to District 11 champion Nativity BVM, 46-34.
“We had a poor offensive showing and just never seemed to get it going after that first quarter,” head coach Jason Wilt said. “We got killed on the glass and just played really bad at the worst time.”
Haseltine made three 3-pointers for a team-high 15 points, but the only other TCA player who approached double figures was Grace Gormley, who chipped in nine points. The Crusaders (21-7) also were plagued by foul trouble, with Danay Cooks-Green and Britney Dike watching the end of the game from the bench with five personals apiece.
“Twenty-one wins, that’s a good season,” Wilt said. “It was just unfortunate that we ran into some bumps in the road late in the season.”