Trojans come on strong late for easy two wins

It wasn?t a typical night for the Hillsboro High School girls? basketball team Friday against Lyons. A typical night would consist of Angela Kroeker scoring 20-plus points and the rest of the team following in line.

This time, Sara Janzen and Angela Herzet led the Trojans to a huge second half run that turned a seven-point halftime lead into a 31-point win, 60-29.

?They took us out of our offense and finally, I think we settled down in the second half and ran our offense, ran through our plays and ran the fast break well,? coach Becky Carlson said. Angela Herzet played a great game inside tonight and I think Sara Janzen played the best game of her career.?

Leading just 19-12 at halftime, Hillsboro extended its lead to 15 points by the end of the third quarter. The Trojans finished with a lopsided 25-9 advantage in the final frame.

Herzet got things rolling at the beginning of the third quarter with two buckets to extend Hillsboro’s lead to 27-15.

The Janzen took over, scoring eight points in the quarter, including a barrage of baskets in the final 1:25 of the quarter, to give Hillsboro a 35-20 lead.

?Angela Kroeker and Jill (Hein) got into foul trouble, and Sara really stepped up her game and did a great job for us,? Carlson said. ?We had good balance.?

That bodes well for post-season play. ?The difference between this team versus a lot of teams that are maybe ranked higher than we are is if you stop one person, somebody else on our team picks it up,? she said. ?I hope that helps us down the road.?

Herzet led Hillsboro with 15 points, followed by Janzen with 12 and Angela Kroeker with 10.

The Trojans (12-2, 4-0) returned to action against Hesston Tuesday night. For results, call the Free Line at 947-3363 or check the Free Press Web site at

Ellinwood?The Hillsboro girls looked a little shell-shocked out of the gates Tuesday night by the onslaught brought on by Ellinwood.

But once the effects of the Eagles? fast start subsided, the Trojans used relentless pressure defense to generate their offensive firepower and came away with a 70-38 win.

After trailing for much of the first quarter, Hillsboro looked to leading scorer Angela Kroeker, who responded with a 3-pointer as time expired in the first quarter to extend Hillsboro?s lead to 20-15.

Ellinwood would come no closer, as Hillsboro pulled away to a 36-19 halftime lead.

?Once we got into our man-to-man defense and full-court press, our entire game started picking up, and that?s partly my fault because I started them in a zone defense,? coach Becky Carlson said. ?They were pretty hot to start the game, and that was a lot of it, too.?

The second half was more of the same for the Trojans, as juniors Julie Hett and Angela Herzet asserted themselves inside. Herzet finished with 15 points, a season high.

?She did a really good job,? Carlson said. ?She does a really good job of catching the ball and then finishing the shot. She?s very aggressive.?

Kroeker led Hillsboro with 17 points, and sophomore point guard Jill Hein scored 11.

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