WEB FLASH: HHS girls win, boys lose, at Ellinwood (Feb. 16)

The Hillsboro girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both trailed the lowly Ellinwood Eagles by two points at halftime of their respective games Friday night at Ellinwood. The girls recovered for a 50-40 win while the boys’s shooting went from bad to worse and they were upset by the Eagles, 53-39.

The girls trailed 19-17 in their game against the 1-14 Eagles and were shooting only 6-of-25 from the field. But they found success going inside in the third quarter — and then outside — to pull away from the host team. Julie Hett scored 18 points to pace Hillsboro and Jill Hein added 15 points on five 3-pointers.

With the win, Hillsboro moves to 16-1 on the season and finishes 8-0 in Mid Division play.

The boys, meanwhile, trailed 24-22 at halftime and never could recover their shooting touch. HHS trailed the 3-13 Eagles by 10 points after three quarters. In the final period, the Eagles shot 22 free throws as the Trojans tried to catch up. Ellinwood made 13 of them, including 10 of 12 over the last 2:08.

Hillsboro made only six of 17 free throws for the game, and it typified their shooting night overall. Nathan Fish was high-point man with only six points. Grant Brubacher, the Trojans’ go-to man and leading scorer, managed only three points — all in the first half — before fouling out with 2:56 to play.

The loss ends the Trojans’ seven-game win streak and drops their record to 11-6. They finish 4-4 in the Mid Division.

On Saturday, the Trojans girls’ and boys’ varsity teams will host Wellington at Tabor College. Brown Gymnasium is being used for regional wrestling competition. Game times are the usual — 6:30 p.m. for the girls, 8 p.m. for the boys.

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