Trojans split games with Ellinwood Eagles (Feb. 7)

The Hillsboro Trojans girls’ and boys’ teams finished on opposite ends of the won-loss column Friday night against Ellinwood. The girls lost, 51-45, while the boys won, 63-40.

The Trojans girls were wounded early by the lights-out shooting of the Eagles’ Keri Wise, who scored Ellinwood’s first nine points of the game and 11 for the first quarter to help her team to a 19-6 first-quarter advantage.

The Trojans came back with 8-for-10 shooting in the second quarter, but still trailed by eight, 32-24, at intermission. April Funk had two 3-pointers and eight points in the period.

The two teams traded points in the third quarter, and the Eagles inched to a nine-point led by the buzzer, 41-32. Two baskets by Katie Fast brought HHS to within five points, 41-36, with 6:49 to play in the game. The Trojans pulled that close again with 2:47 to play on a free throw by Amy Duerksen. But they could get no closer until Funk hit one more 3-pointer with 26 seconds to go.

Funk finished with 20 points to pace HHS, who dropped to 7-8 with the loss. Wise finished with 22 points for Ellinwood.

In the boys’ game, Ellinwood led after one quarter, 12-11, and were still within three at halftime, 26-23. But a 21-9 third quarter by Hillsboro put the Trojans in command of the game. Andy Brubacher hit three 3-pointers during the period to fuel the charge.

A 7-0 run in the first minute and a half of the final quarter removed any hope of an Ellinwood comeback.

Brubacher finished with a season-high 16 points. He was matched by Dustin Jost with 16. Tyler Weinbrenner added 13.

With the win, HHS improves to 13-2.

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