Hillsboro hoopsters take two from Ellinwood, Friday

The Hillsboro girls and boys both established double-digit leads by halftime of their respective games Friday night, then saw their leads dwindle to single digits late in the game. The good news: both Hillsboro teams held on for wins.

In the girls’ game, the Trojans fueled their offense with defensive steals on the way to a 28-14 lead at intermission. The Trojans led by 22 points, 40-18, with less than a minute to play in the third quarter, then gave up two traditional three-point plays to cut the lead to 16 at quarter’s end.

Ellinwood continued its comeback in the final period and pulled to within six points, 40-34, with 2:48 to play. After two Hillsboro timeouts within 14 seconds of each other, the girls got the message and finished the game with an 8-0 run.

The 48-34 win gives Hillsboro a 15-4 season record and the Mid Division title with a 7-1 mark.

The boys, meanwhile, played an excellent first half and raced to a 40-20 lead at intermission. But the Eagles began pecking away at the margin, fueled by 11 points from Troy Reade, to cut the margin to 49-41 by the end of the third quarter. Ellinwood pulled to as close as five points, 59-54 with 2:48 to play, but Ross Duerksen hit six of six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Steven Chisholm came off the bench to score six points over a three-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter to give the Trojans a big lift. The junior post finished with a career-high 10 points. Tyler Weinbrenner led the Trojans with 19.

With the 67-59 win, Hillsboro moves to 16-3 overall and finishes Mid Division play with a 6-2 mark.

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