Ward, Austin and some good balance have led Holy Cross girls to another strong NVL campaign

Meah Austin (14) and Aiyana Ward (32) have led the way
for another successful Holy Cross girls basketball team.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)

The regular season comes to a close in NVL girls basketball this week.

The team at the top of the NVL comes as no surprise. Holy Cross, a program that owns nine NVL Tournament titles, will be the top seed again in this year’s edition.
The Crusaders earned the No. 1 seed with a great regular season, which ends on Wednesday night at Crosby at 7 p.m. Holy Cross is 16-1 in the NVL going into the game, 17-2 overall, but it also has something to play for. The Crusaders can wrap up the No. 2 seed in the Class L state tournament with a win over the Bulldogs.
The inside duo of Aiyana Ward and Meah Austin has been strong nearly all season for Holy Cross. Ward is averaging about 13.7 points per game and Austin is at an even 11.
There have been others who have hit double figures recently for the Crusaders. Ja’Lin Waters scored 15 against Wilby in her team’s most recent game, and she also had 10 against Crosby. Julia Mecca scored 17 against Seymour, had 15 on five 3-pointers in a game against St. Paul, then tallied 14 versus Woodland. Hannah Brown scored 15 points against Seymour, then tallied 11 more against WCA.
The balance has helped Holy Cross stay on the winning track, and the 2017 Class L runner-up hopes the trend continues.