HHS girls roll over Ellinwood, boys fall short

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY DON RATZLAFF
A furious late fourth-quarter rally wasn’t enough to overcome a third-quarter scoring funk as the Hillsboro Trojan boys lost on the road to Ellinwood Tuesday night, 61-57.

The Trojans got off to a solid start, leading 18-13 after one quarter and 31-28 at the half. But Hillsboro came out uninspired in the second half and scored only five points in the next 12 minutes of action. With about four minutes left to play, the Trojans found themselves trailing 48-36.

Freshman Andy Brubacher broke his team’s dry spell with the first of four fourth-quarter 3-pointers. In all, the Trojans hit seven treys in the final period (13 for the game) in a desperate but futile effort to pull out a win against the cellar-dwelling Eagles, now 1-7 in the Mid Division and 8-10 overall.

Brubacher finished with a team-high 15 points on five 3-pointers in all. His older brother Grant added 10 for the Trojans, who drop to 12-7 on the season and finish 4-4 in the Mid Division.

The Trojan girls, meanwhile, got back on the winning track with a workman-like 64-46 victory over the Eagles.

Hillsboro jumped to a 9-0 lead and was never really threatened. Ellinwood (2-6, 5-13) stayed in contention, though, until the third quarter, when Hillsboro outscored the home team 19-7.

Angela Kroeker scored 15 points to lead Hillsboro, but got solid support from Julie Hett (12) off the bench, Angela Herzet (8), Shannon Kroeker (8) and Jill Hein (7).

With the win, the Trojans won the Mid Division title outright with a 7-1 record, and moved their season mark to 16-3.

Hillsboro finishes their regular season Friday at Nickerson.

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