Trojans boys off to Hutch!

The Hillsboro Trojan boys outlasted Hoisington Monday night at the sub-state championship game in Lyons, winning the second overtime by a score of 9-0 and the game by a final tally of 64-55. With the win, the Trojans (20-3) have earned a berth in the Class 3A tournament in Hutchinson later this week.

Hillsboro led much of the night, but Hoisington battled back to make the game a barn-burner. The game went into overtime when Tyler Weinbrenner missed a final shot at the buzzer with the score tied at 49. The junior guard had a chance to end the game at the end of the first extra period, but missed two free throws with the score 55-55 and 3.2 seconds to go.

But the Trojans got clutch free-throw shooting from Adam Woods (4-for-4) and Ross Duerksen (3-for-4) in the second overtime to seal the win.

Andy Brubacher finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Woods added 14 and Weinbrenner 11 to fuel the Trojan attack.

EARLIER IN THE EVENING… a second-half Trojan rally fell short and Hillsboro lost to Hesston, 50-43, in the finals of the Class 3A substate tournment in Lyons Monday night.

The Trojans trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half, but rallied to within seven, 50-43, with about 4:30 to play. The Swathers, though, stopped the bleeding and spread the lead again as the game came to an end.

Hesston led 13-8 after one quarter, then increased its lead to 29-12 by intermission. After threee quarters, Hillsboro still trailed by 17, 45-28.

Shannon Kroeker finished the game and the season with a 14-point performance. Jill Hein added 13 points for Hillsboro, which finished with an 18-5 record.

Hesston, meanwhile, was led by its youth. Sophomore Liz Sowers scored 21, freshman Kristin Frey added 16, and sophomore Sara Washburn chipped in 10 for the Swathers (20-3), who move on to the state tournament in Hutchinson later this week.

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