ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY STAFF
The Hillsboro Middle School eighth-grade girls? lost games to Marion on Monday and Haven last Thursday to drop to 2-4 on the season.
Against Marion, the Trojans managed only one point in the second-half and were pummeled by the home team, 42-6. HMS trailed by 22 at the half, 27-5.
Cierra Ediger and Steph King both scored one basket to lead HMS. Katie Fast and Danielle Goossen each added a free throw.
Against Haven, the Trojans started and ended strong at home, but struggled in the middle quarters, falling 30-23.
Hillsboro was outscored 30-9 in the two middle periods periods after jumping to a 6-4 lead after the first quarter.
?The eighth-grade was outstanding in the first and fourth quarters,? said coach Dwayne Wilson. ?Unfortunately, during the second and third quarters it seemed like every time Haven shot, it went in, and we couldn?t buy a basket.?
Goossen led HMS with seven points, including five in the first quarter. Mindy Munguya added six, King four, Danielle Kelley three, Ediger two and Fast one.
Seventh-grade?The HMS seventh-grade team improved to 5-1 with wins over Marion and Haven during the past week.
Trailing by one point to Marion after the first half Monday, HMS turned the game around with their defensive pressure in the third quarter en route to a 32-24 victory.
Hillsboro built a double-digit lead at one point in the second half, but Marion pulled to within four points with two minutes left. But the Trojans closed the door on the home team for the win.
Emily Ratzlaff scored eight points in the second half and 10 in the game to spark the Trojans. Charity Davis added six points. Sarah Prieb and Heather Stepanek each added three and Erin Wiebe, Marissa Diener, Amy Duerksen, Niki Streeter and Whitney Washmon scored two.
Against Haven, Diener came off the bench to score six points to spark HMS to a 28-12 home-court win.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie after one quarter. The Trojans didn?t take control of the game until the final period, when they outscored Haven 13-2.
Stepanek led Hillsboro with seven points, Davis added six, Prieb three, and Duerksen, Emily Railsback and Ratzlaff each scored two.
?The seventh grade played extremely well in the second half,? Wilson said. ?Haven sat back in a zone that gave us some trouble in the first half. Once we figured out where the open spots in their defense were, we got some easy baskets.?
C-team?The HMS C-Team lost four games this week, including a 28-21 loss to Marion on Monday.
Whitney Washmon scored 11 points for HMS. Erin Wiebe added four and Katie Baltzer, Kirsten Cederberg and Jess Vannocker each scored two.
On Saturday, HMS dropped a pair of games at the Moundridge Tournament. The host team beat HMS 12-8 and Inman won 23-6.
Against, Moundridge, Baltzer, Niki Streeter, Crystal Strotkamp and Vannocker each scored a basket to account for Hillsboro?s points.
Against Inman, Cederberg scored four points and Washmon two.
Last Thursday, the HMS C-team lost to Haven, 13-0, in two quarters.