Hillsboro boys top Sterling, girls fall

Hillsboro High School boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams have had their share of “splits” this season. This time though, the roles were reversed from the usual.

The Trojan boys won their 12th game of the season, and the girls lost for just the third time this season as Hillsboro hosted Sterling.

The Hillsboro boys pulled off a big win, topping the Black Bear 57-54 in an MCAA Mid Division match-up.

Sterling senior Daniel Smith contributed an impressive fourth period with several 3-pointers to keep his team in the game, but Grant Brubacher responded once again for the Trojans.

Brubacher scored 10 points in the final period, 21 for the game, including 12 of 14 free throws, to lead the Trojans to victory.

A resurgent Jeremy Loewen was another key performer. The 6-0 junior scored 17 points.

The Trojans are now 12-6 on the year.

The girls were not so fortunate, however. All-MCAA performer Crystal Pitts led Sterling to a 54-45 win over the Trojans. Pitts 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

Hillsboro led 31-30 heading into the fourth period, but Sterling hit nine of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to pull away.

Angela Kroeker led Hillsboro with 17 points, while sophomore guard Jill Hein added 14.

The loss drops the HHS girls to 14-3 for the season and into a tie with Sterling for the Mid Division lead.

For a complete game wrap-up, check the Feb. 23 issue of the Free Press.

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