HHS split games with Lyons, Jan. 10

It was a night of some irony for the Hillsboro Trojan basketball teams.

The girls played some of their best ball of the season, but still lost by a deceptively large margin, 57-40, while the boys struggled for three quarters before putting their game together in the final period and won by more than they probably deserved to, 57-50.

The Trojan girls played by far their best first half of the season against the Lions, who came in at 6-1. HHS led 16-9 after one quarter and 24-19 at the half.

But in the end second half, the Lions’ talented guard tandem of Sierra Radke and Andrea Lieker finally found their stride and rallied their team to the victory with a decisive 21-8 third-quarter blitz. The pair combined for 16 points in the period. The Trojans, meanwhile, slipped into their tentative mode and turned the ball over too often against the Lions’ pressure.

Emily Ratzlaff scored a career-high 13 points for HHS, who dropped to 2-5. April Funk added 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 shooting from the line. A key to the Lions’ success was stopping Hillsboro’s 6-1 post, Katie Fast, who was 1-for-7 from the floor and managed only 3 points.

The boys, meanwhile, did not look like the same team that shredded Ellinwood three nights earlier. This game remained close for three quarters. The Trojans led 10-8 after one quarter and 24-22 at intermission. Going into the final period, the score was tied at 32.

Hillsboro then went on a 13-4 over the first four minutes of the final period to create some separation between the two teams for the first time all night. With 1:15 to play, the lead had grown to 53-40. Lyons fouled their way back to respectability as Hillsboro managed only 4-of-8 free thows down the stretch while Lyons scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Tyler Weinbrenner finished with 16 points for HIllsboro, who raised its record to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in MCAA Mid Division play.

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