Hillsboro escapes Ellinwood with two wins Friday

The Hillsboro girls’ and boys’ basketball teams each came away with a hard-earned victory at Ellinwood Friday .

The girls won 55-45 against a team that came into the game with an 0-4 record. Hillsboro started the game with an 0-for-12 shooting funk, and trailed the home team 6-2 with 2:45 left in the quarter. But Hillsboro got a bucket by Andrea Peachey at the 1:36 mark and then 3-pointers by Shannon Kroeker and Amber Hefley to lead 10-6 by quarter’s end.

The Trojans led the rest of the game but could never put the Eagles away. Hillsboro struggled to get going offensively all night and it didn’t help that team leader Jill Hein was under the weather and missed most of the game. Kroeker ended up the team’s leading scorer with nine points. Sara Thiessen added seven.

With the win, the girls move to 4-1.

The Hillsboro boys trailed by a point after one quarter, built a 12-point lead by the end of the third quarter, then hung on to beat the Eagles 61-56. Ellinwood pulled to within three points, 57-54, with 1:31 to play. Andy Brubacher hit both ends of a one-and-one to put the Trojans back up by five, but Ellinwood nailed a pair of free throws to close the margin to 59-56. When the Trojans threw away the inbounds pass, Ellinwood had a chance to tie, but Nathan Robinson’s 3-point attempt from the corner clanked off the rim, Hillsboro rebounded and Ross Duerksen scored at the buzzer on the break away basket for the final margin.

Tyler Weinbrenner scored 19 points to lead HHS, now 5-0 on the season. Layne Frick and Duerksen each added 12 points.

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