Hillsboro clears Ellsworth hurdle in opening round

Finally. After two postponements, the Hillsboro Trojan boys finally got the chance to play out the inevitable, beating Ellsworth, 65-33, at Brown Gymnasium Thursday afternoon in the first round of sub-state play.

The Trojans led 24-12 after one quarter and 37-17 at the break. The game was ragged in the third quarter, but the Trojans still led by 21 going into the final quarter, 47-26.

Even with liberal substitutions, the Trojans continued to expand the lead until the end.

Steven Chisholm led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points; nine other Trojans contributed as well.

With the win, Hillsboro moves to 19-2 while Ellsworth finishes its season at 2-18.

Because of the postponements, Hillsboro will have to win three games in three days if they hope to earn a state berth. The Trojans will take on Marion at 7:30, Friday, at Hesston. If the Trojans win, they will play for that berth at 8 p.m. Saturday, against the winner of Hesston and Ellinwood.

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