Swathers cut down Trojan girls and boys

The Hesston Swathers struck the first blow of the season, defeating both the Hillsboro girls’ and boys’ teams Tuesday night at Brown Gymnasium.

The No. 1 ranked Swather girls were simply too quick and too deep for the young and thin Trojan squad. Even so, the Trojan strategy of patient offense and aggressive defense kept the score close through the first half. Hesston led only 5-4 after one quarter and then stretched the margin to 18-8 by intermission.

Hesston began taking control in the third quarter, forcing the Trojans to run the court more than they wanted to, and forcing several turnovers along the way. Hesston was up 41-23 by quarter’s end and led by as many as 22 late in the game before the Trojans struck back with 7-0 run in the final 37 seconds.

Katie Fast led Hillsboro with 13 points and Amy Duerksen added 11. The Trojans are now 2-1 on the season.

In the boys’ game, the Trojans could not find any offensive rhythm in the first half and trailed 23-16 at intermission.

In the third quarter, though, the Trojans came out like world beaters and turned the game around with a 25-10 explosion to lead 41-33 going into the final period.

But the Swathers, fueled by the interior play of Kendall Dreier and Brian Roulhac crawled back into the game and eventually finished on top, 53-49.

Dreier finished with 20 to lead all scorers.

For Hillsboro, Dustin Jost played an outstanding game and finished with a season-high 15 points. Tyler Peachey played another strong second half to finish with 12 points.

With the loss, the Trojans drop to 2-1.

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