Coming off the holiday break, the Hillsboro girls needed a quarter or so to find some rhythm on offense, but the Trojans picked up where they left off on defense to fuel another relatively easy victory, this time 52-26 over Pratt in the league opener for both teams.
Hillsboro led 9-6 after one quarter despite shooting only 3-of-14 from the floor.
Coach Nathan Hiebert said it took his team some time to adjust to Pratt’s two best players, 6-foot-3 post Payton Hoeme and 5-10 guard Jenson Maydew.
“It’s just a different look; we can’t practice against that in practice,” he said. “In the second quarter I thought we relaxed (on offense), and our defense was solid the whole game.”
After missing their first four shots to start the second quarter, a basket in the paint by Tena Loewen off a nice assist from Danae Bina kicked off a 21-5 surge over the rest of the period as Hillsboro seized control of the contest with a 30-11 halftime bulge.
Bina tossed in seven points during the quarter, Loewen added six and Addie Lackey five.
The Trojans picked up where they left off in the third quarter with an 11-4 surge through the first 5:00. The quarter ended with Hillsboro ahead, 44-19.
Bina continued her hot shooting in final quarter with three more baskets in the first 2:30 as Hillsboro built the lead to 52-19, prompting a running clock for the rest of the game, and for the sixth game this season.
Bina finished as the team’s top scorer with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line.
“She took a couple of shoots that I wouldn’t have chosen tonight, but a lot of them were just relaxed, in rhythm,” Hiebert said of his junior point guard. “She does a great job.”
Loewen added 11 points and Addie Lackey 10 for the Trojans, who remain the No. 1 team in Class 3A. The loss dropped Pratt to 0-1 and 3-4.
“I was kind of worried about our conditioning a little bit,” Hiebert said. “We lost one day because of the snow and we had some girls who were sick. But I was pleased with how we looked.
“That second and third quarter, our pressure really bothered them. They weren’t as quick, they weren’t moving as well and we got a lot better looks.”
Coming—The Trojan girls were scheduled to face a key Central Kansas League test Tuesday at Sterling (1-0, 8-0), who is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. On Friday, Hillsboro will play host to Nickerson (0-1, 0-7). For same-night results of both games, call the Free Line at 947-3363.