The Hillsboro boys’ and girls’ teams put a wrap on their participation in the Trojan Classic on Saturday.
In the 1:15 p.m. game for seventh place, the HHS boys emerged with a 67-62 hard-fought victory over Riley County in the middle school gymnasium.
Hillsboro led by a point at halftime, 34-33, but stepped up its game a notch in the second half. The Trojans led by as many as 11 points midway through the final period.
Riley County made it interesting at the end, climbing to within three points at 65-62 with 34 seconds to go. The two teams traded turnovers until Gavin Serene salted away the victory with a pair of free throws in the final 0:02.
Clay Shewey led HHS with 17 points, Serene had a big game with 15 and David Loewen chipped in 14 as Hillsboro went 1-2 for the week and is now 6-5 for the season.
In the girls’ game for third place, it appeared early that Hesston might run away with it, staking a 17-8 lead after one quarter. The Swathers maintained that margin at halftime, 25-16.
But Hillsboro stepped up in the second half and by the end of the third quarter had cut the margin to 30-28. Hillsboro took the lead for the first time when Amy Neufeld and Dakota Kaufman scored back-to-back baskets to put HHS ahead, 37-36.
Hillsboro still led, 43-41, when Kaufman scored at the 3:32 mark. But Hesston shut down the Trojans the rest of the way and ended up winning by 10 at 53-43.
Kaufman finished with 15 and Neufeld 10 to pace HHS, which stands at 5-6 after a 1-2 week at the Classic.