Written by Don Ratzlaff Friday, 10 February 2012 22:39
The Hillsboro girls returned to form Friday after a sluggish Tuesday loss while the boys looked sluggish on this night after an outstanding performance Tuesday. The result was a split of their games against Smoky Valley Friday night at Brown Gymnasium. The Trojan girls prevailed easily, 57-32, while the boys lost, 56-42.
GIRLS -- With leadership on offense provided by Krista Reimer and Addie Lackey, the Trojans made an easy run to victory and a 15-2 season record.
Hillsboro led 11-5 after one quarter, but expanded the lead to 29-14 by halftime. Reimer and Lackey each accounted for eight points and Callie Serene added six to pace the Trojans.
Smoky Valley scored the first bucket of the third quarter, but Hillsboro went on a 12-4 run over the next five minutes to push the margin to 41-20 with 2:46 left in the period.
Hillsboro started the fourth quarter with a 43-24 lead, then reeled off the first six points in a span of 2:45 for a 25-point margin at 49-24. The two teams traded points down the stretch as Hillsboro substituted deeply over the final 2:15.
Reimer made nine of 16 shots from the floor for her most productive game of the season. Lackey was 7-for-13 from the floor. They shared team honors in rebounding with five each.
Hillsboro forced 22 Viking turnovers while committing only 12.
With the win, the girls preserved at least a share of the Central Kansas League lead at 5-1. Smoky Valley dropped to 3-3 in the league and 7-10 overall.
BOYS -- The Trojans boys found themselves in a hole early and never could find a way out of it in their 15-point loss to the Vikings.
With Smoky’s Nick Deterding scoring 12 points -- including his team’s last eight -- the Vikings led 18-8 after the first quarter as the Trojans made only three of 12 shots.
In the second quarter, the Trojans seemed to be righting the ship as a three-pointer by Christian Ratzlaff, a two by Brett Weinbrenner and a pair of free throws by Josh Wiebe created a 6-0 run that pulled HHS to within five at 20-15. But the Vikings grabbed the scoring baton and finished the quarter with an 8-1 run and a 28-16 cushion at halftime.
Hillsboro never mounted a serious threat in the second half. But with Evan Ollenburger, Shaq Thiessen, Luke Moore and Ratzlaff each hitting a three in the third quarter, the Trojans did chip two points off the lead at the end of it, 34-24. Hillsboro added two more threes in the final quarter, but Smoky countered every Hillsboro score with a score of its own before ending the game with a 6-1 run -- with all points coming at the free-throw line.
With Hillsboro shooting only 29 percent from the floor and 5-for-11 from the line, Thiessen was the only Trojan who managed to break into double digits, scoring 13. Oddly, the Trojans were an impressive 9-for-21 from behind the arc but only 5-for-27 in front of it.
Deterding finished with 21 points for Smoky Valley and Quinn Dippel added 11.
With the loss, Hillsboro’s eight-game winning streak ended and the Trojans dropped to 13-4 for the year and 4-2 in the league. Smoky Valley is 8-9 and 5-1.