HHS girls win big, HHS boys fall short vs. Haven

The Hillsboro basketball teams split their games at Haven Tuesday night, but this time it was the girls who came out victorious, 55-42, while the boys came up short, 67-63.

In the girls’ game, Hillsboro put together one of its better performances of the year in a tag-team scorng effort.

Emily Ratzlaff set the tone for the game by scoring Hillsboro’s first nine points. Even so, the Trojans trailed 14-13 at the first break.

JulieAnne Chisholm warmed up in the second period with three field goals and Ratzlaff nailed a pair of 3-pointers to lead the Trojans to a 25-20 lead at intermission.

Amy Duerksen scored six points in the third period as the Trojans expanded the lead to 39-26. This time Marissa Diener chipped in a pair of 3-pointers to help the cause.

In the final period, Hannah Marsh scored a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer back-to-back and Katie Fast added seven points as the Trojans nailed down the 55-42 win.

Ratzlaff finished with a season-high 17 points and Fast added 11 for Hillsboro, which improves to 11-8 for the year with one game remaining.

The boys, meanwhile, played three and a half quarters of sub-par basketball, and then almost redeemed themselves with a furious rally in the last four minutes of the game. But the hole was too deep, and the Trojans absorbed a 67-63 defeat.

Playing below their potential in almost every aspect of the game, Hillsboro trailed 16-9 after one quarter, 30-20 at the half, and 47-31 after three quarters.

With four minutes to go, the Trojans stilled trailed by 15 at 57-42, but suddenly caught fire and finished with a 21-10 run. Haven missed enough free throws during that stretch to give Hillsboro a chance to pull out the win, but it was not to be.

Derek Hamm scored 15 for HHS and Eric Weinbrenner and Tyler Peachey each added 11.

The loss cost HHS a piece of the MCAA league title and dropped their season record to 16-3.

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