Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:27It’s been said that defense wins championships, but when both teams play great defense anything can happen.
In a defensive battle royale, the Hillsboro girls held off Haven, 43-32,to win the Class 3A sub-state tournament championship Saturday on their home court. Hillsboro will be making its fifth straight trip to Hutchinson next week in coach Nathan Hiebert’s six-year tenure.
Before the game was over, both teams endured long stretches of minimal scoring. Haven’s came...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:08GIRLS
Canton-Galva––The Eagles dropped last Tuesday’s contest at Little River, 49-22.
The Eagles (2-18) entered the Moundridge Class 2A sub-state tournament as the No. 8 seed and initially were scheduled to face No. 1 Moundridge (17-3) Tuesday at Moundridge with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
Semifinal games will be Friday, with the championship to follow at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Centre––Centre entered the Class 1A-Division I Burrton sub-state as the No. 2 seed.
Following a first-round bye, the Cougars (14-6) will face No. 3 Pretty Prairie (13-7) in a semifinal game at Burrton scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.
The championship will be at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Goessel––The Bluebirds dropped Tuesday’s game to Berean Academy, 46-33...
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:07The Marion girls stumbled out of the gate and, despite a third-quarter rally, dropped a 44-25 contest to Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday night.
The teams traded scores to open the game, but Marion’s final lead came midway through the opening period, 5-4, when Kaelyn Thierolf scored on a second-chance basket.
It was also the Warriors’ final points of the quarter. The Celtics used a 10-0 run to build a 14-5 lead by the end of the period.
“I didn’t feel like we played with very good energy from the very beginning,” coach Kelly Robson said.
The Warriors continued to struggle with turnovers and did not score until Katey Ehrlich made a basket with 4:48 remaining before halftime.
Ehrlich added two free-throws 30 seconds later, but...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:06With a home game in the first round of sub-state on the line, the Hillsboro boys battled through good times and bad at Kingman, but in the end got the job done with a gutty 49-45 win in last Tuesday’s regular-season finale.
The win enabled Hillsboro to secure the No. 3 seed this week with a 12-8 record.
As if to reinforce the importance of the game, the story line resembled a three-act drama.
Act 1: Idyllic start. Hillsboro came out of the gate impressively. The Trojans forced three straight turnovers on the defensive end, then cashed them in with three easy baskets on three laser-like passes for a quick 6-0 lead.
By the time Shaq Thiessen entered the game and scored almost immediately at the 4:00 mark, the Trojans led 11-0. A...
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:05Judging by the final score, one might assume the Marion boys’ game against Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday was never close.
But the Warriors trailed at halftime, and after trailing by six to open the second half, scored more points in the third quarter than the first half combined to run away with a 54-38 victory to end the regular season.
It took time for the Warriors to get rolling. Marion held a narrow, 10-9, lead after the first quarter. But the Celtics surged to a 15-10 lead with 3:52 left in the second quarter. The Warriors played from behind the rest of the quarter and went into the locker room down 20-16.
“We’ve been having a lot of confidence issues lately, and it carried over even into the first half of this game,”...
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