Hillsboro chalks up two wins over Smoky Valley Dec. 19

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Hillsboro entered the holiday break with a nice gift of two wins over Smoky Valley Friday, Dec. 19, at Brown Gymnasium.



The HHS girls came back from an eight-point deficit to beat the Vikings 45-44. The Trojans finally pulled into a tie at 31-31 with 2:18 left in the third quarter, then took their first lead with 16 seconds left in the quarter on a free-throw by Hannah Marsh.



The Trojans built a five-point lead on another free-throw by Marsh with 1:22 to play, 41-36. Hillsboro maintained that lead to the end when a 3-pointer by Jade Pihl with nine seconds left cut the lead to the final one-point margin.



Emily Ratzlaff and Marsh led the Trojan cause with 12 points each. With the win, the girls are 1-3 on the year.



Tyler Peachey scored 13 of Hillsboro’s first 15 points in the first quarter to ignite the Trojans to a 65-45 win. The Trojans led 17-10 at the first break and then 31-23 at halftime.



Hillsboro’s turned up its pressure defense a notch in the third quarter, which enabled the Trojans to expand the lead. At the end of three quarters, the score was 46-32. Hillsboro led by as many as 26, 60-34, with 3:20 to play in the game.



Peachey finished with 23 points, a career high, and was the only Trojan to break double figures. With the win, the Trojans are 3-1 for the season.

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