HHS girls and boys escape Nickerson with wins

Hillsboro swept a pair of games from Nickerson Tuesday night at Nickerson.

The Trojan girls almost let a 17-point first-half lead slip away in the second half, but pulled out of the dive in the fourth quarter to take a 41-33 win.

With Hillsboro shooting sparingly but well, and Nickerson shooting quickly and poorly, the Trojans led 17-6 after one quarter and expanded the margin to 26-9 when Amy Duerksen converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:41 left in the half.

The halftime margin was 28-12.

From the way they played, you mght have thought the Trojans checked out at intermission and went on home. HHS had at least eight turnovers in the quarter and made one field goal in five attempts. Even so, the Panthers only closed the gap to 10 by quarter’s end, 30-20.

But the storyline continued into the fourth quarter. The Panthers pulled to within five points, 30-25, with four minutes left in the game. Katie Fast came back with an old-fashioned 3-point play to stop the bleeding and get Hillsboro back on line for the stretch run.

Fast finished with 15 to lead HHS, which improves to 7-7 on the season.

The boys, meanwhile, were in a hard-fought battle all night. Nickerson led 15-14 after one quarter, while HIllsboro snuck ahead, 26-15 at intermission. By the end of three periods, the two teams were deadlocked at 42.

In the fourth quarter, Tyler Peachey stepped up from an otherwise sub-par night to score eight points and fuel the Trojans’ win. It was their ninth straight and raised their season record to 12-2.

Unofficially, Tyler Weinbrenner scored 17 to pace the offense. Andy Brubacher finished with 14 points and Peachey with 13..

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