Trojan boys win, girls lose to Sterling (Feb. 14)

The Hillsboro boys’ and girls’ basketball teams continued their path in opposite directions Friday night in a split of games with Sterling.

The girls came out less than sharp and paid the price for it, falling 52-47, for their third straight loss.

The boys were more than impressive in battering the Black Bears, 91-48, for their 12th straight victory.

In the girls’ game, Sterling scored eight points before the Trojans finally got on the board with a basket by Katie Fast. with 5:23 left in the quarter. Sterling still led 16-13 at quarter’s end and 20-25 at intermission.

By the end of three quarters, Sterling was up 37-30. The Black Bear led by as many as eight points, 44-36, with 3:47 to go. After a timeout, the Trojans slowly scratched away at the lead until a 3-pointer by Emily Ratzlaff closed the gap to one, 48-47, with 20 seconds to go. But Sterling went 4-for-4 at the line to ward off the comeback.

Ratzlaff and Fast finished with 13 points each for HHS, which falls to 7-10 on the season

The boys, meanwhile, put on another awesome display of basketball en route to their lopsided win.

HHS led after one quarter, 20-12, then extended the lead to 18 points at intermission, 42-24, and simply blew out the Bears through three quarters, 69-36.

Coach Darrel Knoll substituted freely already in the first half and really didn’t lose any productivity in the process.

Five Trojans finished in double figures, led by a second straight great performance from Shawn Hughbanks with 18 points. Tyler Weinbrenner added 15, Tyler Peachey 11 and Caleb Marsh had a career high 10. Hillsboro was playing without the services of starter Dustin Jost, who was ill.

With the win, HHS is 15-2 for the season and 7-0 in Mid Division play.

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