Holy Trinity coach John Lipani was waiting for a breakout game from sophomore Katie Poppe. It came Tuesday night against host St. Mary’s. Poppe, who transferred from Garden City, had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Holy Trinity (2-0) in a 66-54 CHSAA win. Poppe had 23 of her 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, in the second half. She hit a three-pointer with two minutes left to make it a nine-point game.
"She single-handedly carried us," Lipani said. "She hasn’t broken out until this game. She showed all aspects of her game. She’s an all-around player. She’s tenacious. She’s just 5-8 but she rebounds very well."
Holy Trinity, which reached the NSCHSAA final last season, start four sophomores and one freshmen. Starting point guard Meghan Orlando isn’t eligible in league games until Jan. 29.
"At any moment, we have three or four kids that could go off," Lipani said. "Youth is not going to be an excuse. The quicker we mature, the quicker we ascend. This is a good win for us. To beat them in that tough gym is a big win."