Trojans roll over Halstead (Jan. 17)

The Hillsboro boys played an absolutely brilliant first half of basketball and knocked off state-ranbked Halstead, 66-49, Friday night at Brown Gymnasium.

The final score isn’t indicative of how much the Trojans dominated this game. After the Dragons scored first, Hillsboro launched a 16-1 run and simply shredded Halstead with aggressive defense and tremendous team passing and scoring.

By halftime the score was 45-18 and Halstead coach Joe Gerber had been ejected from the game on a pair of bang-bang technical fouls in the second quarter.

To their credit, the Trojans kept their intensity in the second half and led by as many as 33 points late in the third quarter.

The Dragons outplayed the Trojan reserves down the stretch to make the final spread 17 points.

Tyler Peachey came off the bench and scored 18 points to pace the Trojan attack. The junior was a force on the defensive end and the boards for Hillsboro.

Andy Brubacher also broke double figures with 12 points.

Josh Farmer led the Dragons with 14 points.

With the win, Hillsboro is 7-2 on the season and 4-0 in Mid Division play.

Earlier in the evening, the Trojan girls played a strong game from start to finish and won their second straight contest, this one by a score of 47-32.

The Trojans battled some foul trouble, but ran the floor well and did a great job of stopping the Dragons’ Lindsey Miles, who came into the game averaging just over 20 poitns a game. Miles finished with 16, but several came toward the end when the outcome was already determined.

HHS led 10-6 after one quarter, 19-12 at intermission and 33-21 after three quarters. A bucket by Sara Hamm with 3:03 to play gave the Trojans their biggest lead of the night at 45-25.

April Funk led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points and Amy Duerksen added 10.

With the win, the Trojans’ record improves to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in Mid Division play.

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