Hillsboro and Marion split season openers

The state-ranked Hillsboro boys lived up to their high billing with an impressive 68-36 win over Marion Friday night in Marion.

Marion jumped to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter before Hillsboro went on a 14-0 run and took control of the ball game. By the end of the first quarter, the Trojans led 21-11. The two teams played evenly in the second quarter as Hillsboro took a 33-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The second half was all Hillsboro as the Trojan rolled to a 54-24 lead after three quarters and then coasted home.

The Trojan defense and rebounding was outstanding, forcing Marion into 7-for-30 shooting for the game. Hillsboro made 22 of 39 shots, including nine 3-pointers.

Eric Weinbrenner led the way with 16 points and Tyler Peachey added 13.

In the girls game, a senior-laden Marion squad simply overwhelmed a young Trojan team en route to a 59-44 win.

In the first two quarters of the contest, Marion jumped to double-digit leads only to have the scrappy Trojans pull back into contention by quarter’s end.

The Warriors bolted to a 13-2 lead in the opening quarter, but two free throws and a 3-pointer at the buzzer pulled Hillsboro to within four point, 15-11.

In the second quarter, Marion extended its lead to 25-14 only to have Hillsboro rally in the final minutes to pull within a bucket, 31-29 on a basket at the buzzer by Emily Ratzlaff.

Marion committed 19 fouls in the first half and Hillsboro committed 13.

In the third quarter, Marion opened up a lead again and this time Hillsboro simply could not rally back. At the end of three quarters, the score was 45-35 as the Trojans shot three of 12 from the floor.

The cold shooting – at the line and from the floor – continued into the final period as Marion posted the win.

Hillsboro’s three returning starters led the way for the Trojans. Ratzlaff scored a team-high 11 points, followed by Amy Duerksen with 10 and Katie Fast with nine.

More from article archives
County offers online tax payment
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF The Marion County Treasurer’s office, through its partnership with...
Read More