Hillsboro girls fall just short of state-ranked Hesston

Hillsboro girls gave Hesston all it could handle but came up three points short of a huge upset Friday night. Hesston earned a berth in the championship game with a 43-40 win.

The Trojans, who came into the game at 13-8, never led the Swathers, who came in at 19-2. Hannah Marsh scored all of HHS’s points in the first quarter, but Hesston led 13-7 at the break.

By halftime, the Trojans were still down by six points, 27-21. A basket and free throw by Marsh and a 15-foot jumper by JuliAnne Chisholm closed the gap to a single point, 27-26 with 6:47 left in the third quarter. By the end of the period, though, Hesston had extended the lead to seven points, 36-29.

But the Trojans refused to fold and pulled to within two points, 42-40, with 32 seconds to play on a 3-pointer by Marsh. Kristin Frey hit one of two free throws with 23.6 seconds left, but Hillsboro did not take a 3-pointer and did not make the 2-pointer Katie Fast shot with three second to play.

Marsh led Hillsboro with 18 points, and Fast , a senior, added 11 in her last game in a Trojan uniform.

Hesston will play Hutch Trinity for the right to go to state on Saturday.

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