Hillsboro wins two games against Lyons (Jan. 9)

The Hillsboro Trojans basketball teams kept their records unblemished for 2004 with a pair of wins over Lyons Friday night on the road.

This time it was the HHS girls’ who stole the thunder with a dramatic 49-46 victory over state-ranked Lyons on a last-second 3-point basket by JuliAnne Chisholm in overtime.

Playing their best basketballl so far this season, the Trojans were tied with the Lions at 11-11 after one quarter, then held a 25-21 edge at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, Hillsboro still led, 31-29.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans surged to a 39-29 lead with an 8-0 run, but Lyons turned up the defense pressure and battled back to a 41-41 tie at the end of regulation.

The Lions established a 45-43 lead with 1.02 left in the overtime but Chisholm hit a 3-pointer with 24.4 seconds left to pull the Trojans back ahead by one point. Lions’ star Sierra Radke drew a foul and made the first of two free throws to tie the game at 46 with 10.5 seconds left. But Radke’s second free throw was disallowed because of a lane violation.

The Trojans then drove down the court and Chisholm arched her shot from the top of the key . It ripped throuygh the net as the buzzer sounded for the 49-46 win.

Chisholm, only a freshman, finished with 20 points and junior Emily Ratzlaff added 12 to lead the Trojans to their fourth win in a row and a 4-3 record for the season. The Trojans lead the MCAA MId Division at 2-0.

The boys, meanwhile, raced to a 17-7 lead after one quarter and appeared to be on the way to a route. But a subborn Lion squad battled back to within 25-22 by halftime. Hillsboro was able to extend the lead to 40-32 by the end of the third quarter, then blew the game open with a 22-11 advantage in the final period.

Tyler Peachey scored 21 for Hillsboro and was the only Trojan to score in double figures, although Daniel Deckert was close with nine points.

The won boosts Hillsboro’s record to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in division play.

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