Trojans sweep Ellinwood at home (Jan. 6)

Hillsboro varsity teams remained undefeated for 2004 with wins over Ellinwood Tuesday night in Brown Gymnasium.

The Trojan girls kept it interesting by committing 22 turnovers, but still managed to post a 35-29 win over the Eagles.

The Trojans led by one after the first quarter, 10-9, held that same margin at halftime, 18-17, then extended the lead to 29-21 after three quarters — thanks to a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Marissa Diener.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans held Ellinwood to 2-for-12 shooting from the floor, but enabled the Eagles to pull to within three points, 32-29, with 35.3 seconds to go, thanks in no small part to nine turnovers in the quarter.

Emily Ratzlaff then hit three of four free thrrows in the last 24 seconds to preserve the win. The girls are now 3-3 on the season, and 1-0 in division play.

The Trojan boys, meanwhile, were never threatened by the visitors on the way to a 59-35 victory. By the end of the first quarter, HHS led 17-8 and increased the lead to 26-15 by halftime.

Daniel Deckert scored eight points in Hillsboro’s 10-2 run to start the third quarter, a surge that broke the game wide open. By the end of the period, the score was 51-24. When Ryan Jilka nailed a 3-pointer to start the final period, the MCAA’s 30-point rule kicked in and the clock ran continuously until the end.

Deckert finished with 16 points and Eric Weinbrenner, seeing his first game time since an injuring a wrist after the season opener, scored 14.

The win moves HHS to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Mid Division.

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