Hillsboro girls fall to Abilene (Jan. 24)

The HIllsboro Trojan girls got off to a good start Friday night against Abilene, but cold shooting over the middle two quarters enabled Abilene to win the game 44-35.

The Trojans were ahead 13-10 after the first quarter but made only one of nine shots in the second quarter, and then one of eight shots in the third quarter.

Abilene wasn’t shooting that great either, but the Cowgirls had a significant height advantage that enable them to get second and sometimes third and fourth chances at the basket. By halftime, Abilene had pulled ahead, 22-16, and then extended the lead to 32-21 after three quarters.

To their credit, the Trojans didn’t cave. In fact the Trojans went on a 10-2 run to start the final quarter, and pulled to within three points, 34-31, when Emily Ratzlaff stole the ball, was fouled on the layup and made the old-fashioned three-point play with 5:06 to play.

After April Funk canned a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:54 to go to keep the Trojans in the game, 38-34, Abilene ran nearly two minutes off the clock before a foul was called in the paint. The Cowgirls converted the two free throws, and the Trojans then turned the ball over on the next possession. Abilene score again to go ahead by eight, and Hillsboro could not hit from the floor down the stretch.

Funk finished with 14 points to lead the Trojan attack.

With the loss, the Trojans are 4-6 on the season.

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