By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON ? The New London basketball teams opened their 2018 schedules with differing results on Tuesday night when the Tigers hosted Holy Trinity in SEISC South Division play. The Tiger boys rolled the Crusaders 74-12, but the girls fell, 73-32.
The boys kicked off the new year with a band, especially defensively. The Tigers completely shut down the Crusaders in the first two periods, allowing just three points.
New London?s offense had no trouble getting started. The Tiger boys led HTC 22-3 after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to 39-3 after two periods.
Holy Trinity was nearly shut out again in the third quarter, as the Tigers rolled on with an 18-2 advantage in the period. Holy Trinity scored over half of their points in the fourth and New London was able to rest easy with a 74-12 victory.
Alex Dentlinger led the Tigers with 22 points on 11-13 shooting. Isaac McSorley had 16 points, seven assists and seven steals; and Grant Swanson finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Shae Summerfield scored five points in the win. Koby McBeth, Jordan Johnson and Tyler Henecke had four points each, and both Keontae Luckett and Jax Boyer finished the night with two points.
The Tiger girls were able to spread their points around pretty well, but couldn?t stop the HTC offense. Kristen Rhode and Kara Krieger co-led the squad with eight points apiece in a 73-32 loss.
Laney Loyd had six points and two assists in the loss. Savannah Sutherland scored five points, and Alexa Wenger led the team with seven rebounds.
Both Tiger teams will be back at home for their next games against a tough SEISC North Division school. New London will host Highland in a doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 5, beginning at 6 p.m.