Hillsboro teams encountered mixed fortunes in their respective third-place games Saturday at the Trojan Classic.
The girls played their most complete game of the season in a 50-45 victory over Marion, while the boys came out uninspired and dropped a 55-41 decision to Thomas More Prep.
In the girls’s contest, Hillsboro built an 11-0 lead before Marion finally scored on a basket by Lindsay Hett with 1:04 left in the opening quarter. The Trojans led 14-4 when Allie Faul drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key in the final second.
With HHS leading 19-7 2:30 into the second period, the Trojans came up empty on their next six possessions — five turnovers and one missed shot — to enable the Warriors to close the gap to 19-14.
The margin was 23-16 at halftime and 32-28 after three quarters.
In the final quarter, Hillsboro pushed the lead back to as much as 12 points, 42-30 with 3:15 to play, by Marion battled back, thanks in part to a 3-pointer from Kayley Heerey followed by a steal, basket and bonus free-throw by Hett—all in the span of 13 seconds.
The score was as close as 46-43 after Marion’s Whitney Gordon made one of two free throws with 24.7 seconds left in the contest. But Candace Weinbrenner made both free throws when she was fouled with 22.1 to go and Cassie Kroeker finished the scoring with 10.1 to go when she drained a pair of free throws.
Dakota Kaufman scored 22 points and pulled down 13 rebound to pace the Trojans. Hett finished with 17 and Julia Zeiner 11 for MHS.
The win brought Hillsboro back to .500 at 6-6 while Marion dropped just below .500 at 5-6.
The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, seemed stymied by TMP’s box-and-one defense through the first quarter and never seemed to find their stride. The Monarchs led 17-7 after one period and 26-19 at intermission.
David Loewen got the third quarter off to a strong start when he powered in a lay-in in the paint just 10 seconds into the half. But Hillsboro managed only one more point during the quarter — one of three free throws by Ben Bebermeyer — and TMP was in command by the end of three quarters, 38-22.
The Trojans never seriously challenged in the final period as TMP finished with a 14-point win and the third-place plaque.
Daniel Jost seemed to be the only Trojan to provide some consistent offense, finish with 16 points on 5-for-17 shooting.
TMP, with three players in double figures, outshot the Trojans 47 percent to 36 percent. But their domination on the boards (34-15) is what propelled them to the win. HHS managed only two offensive rebounds all evening.
With the loss, Hillsboro stands at 6-6 for the season.