Ranked teams win in Hillsboro-Collegiate clash

The teams that have established themselves as state contenders took care of business Friday night as the Wichita Collegiate girls and the Hillsboro boys came away with wins in Brown Gymnasium (Feb. 20).

The Collegiate girls, ranked in Class 4A, had a battle on their hands, but posted a 41-31 win.

It was apparent at the start that the Trojan girls were not about to let Collegiate embarrass them as they did in early December when the Spartans won 77-38.

A much improved HHS team trailed after one quarter, 7-4. A ragged stretch the last half of the second period resulted in an 8-0 Spartan run that gave them a 19-9 lead at intermission.

But Hillsboro came back hard in the second half, and at one point cut the lead to 25-22 when Hannah Marsh nailed a 3-pointer with 1:41 left in the third quarter. But a 6-2 Collegiate surge gave the Spartans a 31-24 lead at the final break.

HHS cut the lead to five points on a 5-footer by Emily Ratzlaff to start the fourth quarter, but a 6-1 surge by Collegiate put them back up by 10 points midway through the period.

Ratzlaff led the Trojans with 11 points and Katie Fast added nine. Sam Smalley scored 16 to pace Collegiate. With the loss HHS is 10-8 for the season.

The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, found themselves in a defensive battle — or scoring drought, depending on your perspective — and led the Collegiate only 19-8 at halftime. But in the third quarter, the Trojans nearly doubled their offensive output to extend the lead to a comfortable 36-17.

The game reached the 30-point margin with 5:47 to play, 47-17, and the game clock ran continuously after that — except for a brief break when Spartan coach Mitch Fiegel was called for double technical with 4:33 to play.

The Trojans ended up winning, 56-21.

With that victory, Hillsboro improved to 16-2.

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