WEB FLASH: HHS girls reach sub-state finals (Mar. 1)

The Hillsboro Trojans had one of their poorest shooting nights of the season, but played defense well enough to beat Rock Creek in the semifinals of the Class 3A sub-state tournament at Southeast of Saline Thursday night.

Hillsboro shot under 30 percent for the game (unofficially), hitting only 16 of 56 shots. Fortunately for the Trojans, they had the superior athletes and exploited Rock Creek’s weak ball-handling skills with full-court pressure.

Hillsboro made only three of 17 shots in the first period, including seven misses low in the paint and trailed 8-6.By halftime, Hillsboro had established an 18-12 lead. Shannon Kroeker stepped up with seven of her team-high 15 during that period, including five points in the final 34 seconds.

Hillsboro led only 27-23 after three quarters, but saved their best quarter for last, outscoring the Mustangs 21-15, hitting seven of 15 field goals. Six of those buckets came in the paint.

Hillsboro made 14 of 26 free throws.

With the win, Hillsboro (19-2) advances to the championship game against the winner of Hesston-Riley County. That game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at SES.

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