Hillsboro girls slip past Marion in sub-state opener

Hillsboro and Marion battled like the intra-county rivals they are, but the Trojans were the ones who prevailed in the end, 53-48, in the opening round of sub-state play Tuesday night in Hillsboro.

The Trojans looked like they were heading toward a quick knock out as Jill Hein hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter to fuel a 19-11 lead by quarter’s end.

But the Warriors came to play and battled back into contention with an 8-1 run to start the second period. Hillsboro still led at intermission, 24-20.

Marion’s Brandi Peterie scored three baskets for Marion to start the third quarter before a basket by Maggie Powers with 5:23 left in the quarter gave Marion its first lead, 28-26. Marion took one last lead at 36-35 with 1:52 left in the period on a traditional three-point play by Amy Tajchman. A 6-0 Hllsboro run over the last 1:38 put the Trojans back in front by quarter’s end, 41-36.

The Trojans and Warriors battled even handedly the rest of the way. Hillsboro sealed the win by hitting six of eight free throws over the last 1:34 of the game, and forcing several Warrior turnovers.

Marion closes its season with a 10-11 mark. Hillsboro, at 17-4, will advance to the semifinals of sub-state with a game Friday against either Southeast of Saline or Ellinwood. Game time is yet to be determined.

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