Trojans slay double Dragons Friday (Jan. 16)

The Trojans girls and boys had very different game environments, but the outcome was the same as the girls crushed a winless Halstead squad, 52-15, while the boys won, 62-46, in a game that was a tougher battle than the final score would indicate.

In the girls’ game, it was obvious from the start that the Trojans girls were determined to play up to their ability instead of down to the ability of a weaker opponent.

The Trojans, who are more used to a deliberate offense, came out running and firing, tossing up 20 shots in the first period alone. They made five, and led 12-4 at the first break. The Trojans then made eight of nine shots in the second quarter to break the game open by halftime, 32-8. By the end of three quarters the margin was 46-11.

JuliAnne Chisholm was the top scorer for Hillsboro with 15 points — 11 of which came in the first half. Katie Fast added 10 in a balanced attack.

Meanwhile, the defense held Halstead to 5-of-36 shooting (14 percent) from the floor.

The win was Hillsboro’s sixth straight and raises the team’s record to 6-3.

The boys, meanwhile, led from the start and were never seriously threatened. Even so, their 62-46 win was hard fought against an aggressive Dragon team.

Hillsboro led 17-6 after the first quartter, having jumped to a 9-0 lead to start the game. In the second quarter, Halstead surged to within 22-16 with 5:27 to go, but the Trojans ripped off 12 unanswered points in the next two and a half minutes to push the lead back to a comfortable margin. The score at intermission was 36-21.

Halstead started the third quarter with an 8-2 run, but the Trojans responded with an 8-1 rally. The Dragons never really threatened after that, but did hold their own for the entire second half. The score after three quarters was 48-32.

Caleb Marsh scored 18, Tyler Peachey 16 and Daniel Deckert 13 for Hillsboro, which improves to 8-1 on the season.

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