Trojan girls and boys start off with wins

The Hillsboro High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams defeated Marion Friday night in Hillsboro to open the 2000-01 season. Hot first quarters fueled both wins. The girls won 44-36 while the boys won 65-41.

The girls, behind the hot shooting of Jill Hein, raced to a 20-3 led after the first period. The junior standout scored nine points on three 3-pointers to pace Hillsboro.

But from that point until late in the third quarter, Hillsboro struggled to score and Marion trailed only by 11, 28-17, with a little more than two minutes left in the period. Then Hein got hot again, scoring seven points to put Hillsboro up 35-19 at quarter’s end.

The Trojans slipped back into ragged form in the final quarter and Marion scored the last six points of the game to pull within eight at the buzzer.

Hein led Hillsboro with 23 points.

The boys, meanwhile, got balanced scoring from the starting five and the bench to establish a 21-7 led after one quarter.

Unlike the girls, the boys’ team continued to build on that lead and entered halftime with an 18-point bulge, 38-20. Nine players scored in the first half as coach Darrel Knoll substituted his top nine or 10 players freely and effectively.

In the second half, Marion and Hillsboro played about even. Hillsboro scored the last eight points of the game to push the lead to 65-41.

Grant Brubacher led the Trojans with 13 points, nine in the second half. Andy Brubacher added nine points and Tyler Weinbrenner eight.

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