WEB FLASH: Trojans split at Smoky Valley (Feb. 20)

A strong start and a strong finish propelled the Hillsboro High School girls to a 60-42 win over Smoky Valley in Lindsborg Tuesday night. The boys, though, let a seven-point lead slip through the fingers in the final quarter and lost, 36-33.

The HHS girls jumped to a 14-4 lead less than four minutes into the game, then saw the lead dwindle to four to six point for most of the second quarter before pulling away in the final frame with a 20-7 fourth quarter.

Jill Hein led the scoring with 17, Shannon Kroeker added 15 and Angela Herzet 12 to pace HHS, who raised their record to 18-1 on the season.

The Hillsboro boys got off to a similar strong start, building an 11-0 lead in the first quarter. The lead stayed in the seven-point range all the way into the fourth quarter before the Viking, playing aggressive, suffocating defense in the second half, began a late charge. Essentially, they were able to hit key shots and free throws while the Trojans couldn’t with any consistency. Smoky took the lead with 5:56 to play, 27-25. Grant Brubacher tied the score at 33 with 1:46 to play on a traditional three-point play. Smoky got a bucket down low at 1:06 and a free throw with 27.2 seconds to make the score 36-33. Hillsboro has a achance to tie, but a 3-point shot by Tyler Weinbrenner with two seconds left bounced off the rim and Smoky rebounded.

With the loss, Hillsboro falls to 12-7 overall.

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