Trojan boys lose state tourney opener

Hillsboro arrived at the Hutchinson Sports Arena Wednesday evening without its “A” game and lost to Riley County in convincing fashion, 74-46.

Whether it was a case of being tired after only one day’s rest following their double-overtime sub-state championship win on Monday, or a case of nerves about their first appearance at state, the Trojans appeared both tight and flat — and were soundly beaten in every aspect of the game by the Falcons from Riley County.

The most obvious stat was shooting percentage, where the Trojans managed only 15 of 60 shots (25 percent), including only one 3-pointer. Add to that the fact they were out hustled badly on the boards and a step slow on defense, and it became a very long night for Hillsboro.

The Trojans trailed 17-10 after one quarter and 36-21 at intermission. By the end of three quarters the score was 56-28, thanks in part to a 2-for-18 shooting performance by HHS during the third period.

Layne Frick scored 10 points to lead Hillsboro and Dustin Jost added nine. With the loss, Hillsboro finished its season with a 20-4 record.

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