ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team cruised into the semifinals of the sub-state tournament with a 69-47 win over Lyons, Monday at Brown Gymnasium.
The Trojans came out hard and were up 8-0 before Lyons finally scored with 5:24 left in the opening period. By the end of the quarter, the Trojans were ahead, 18-6, and extended that lead to 16 by halftime, 36-20.
Adam Woods was a key factor for Hillsboro against a small Lyons squad. The Trojans’ 6-4 senior post was all but unstoppable at times, scoring 13 first-half points.
When Hillsboro came out flat in the third quarter, the Lions pulled to within nine points, 40-31, with 3:19 to play in the period. But another bucket by Woods triggered an 11-3 run to close the quarter and push the lead back to 17 points, 51-34.
The fourth quarter turned into a free-throw exhibition. The Trojans missed three straight one-and-one opportunities midway through the period, but then nailed their next 12 charities to extend the lead until the final buzzer.
Woods finished with 19 points for Hillsboro. Ross Duerksen added 13 points-including six straight free throws in the final three minutes. Tyler Peachey and Layne Frick each added 10 points.
With the win, the Trojans move to 18-3 for the season. They will play the winner of Monday’s Hesston-Ellinwood game
The game will be played Thursday in Lyons. Game time was not yet determined at press time, but will be reported over the Free Line (947-3363) and the Web when it is announced.