Hillsboro boys headed back to Hutch!

The Hillsboro boys were the last team standing in a knock-down, drag-out battle with MCAA rival Hesston, defeating the Swathers by a 58-44 score.

The first half was a toe-to-toe battle with Hillsboro emerging on top, 13-10, at the end of the first quarter. The Swathers took a 19-17 lead with 4:45 to play in the half on a four-point foul/technical foul combination called on Daniel Deckert. But Hillsboro came charging back and regained the lead on baskets by Toby Berg and Tyler Peachey. By intermission, the score was tied at 24-24.

The third quarter proved to be decisive as the Trojans built a 40-28 lead before Hesston’s Randall Dreier nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to nine.

But Hillsboro refused to let up. With Hillsboro still leading by nine, 47-38, with 3:45 to go, the Hesston bench was called for a technical while Caleb Marsh was on the line for a one-and-one. That led to a four-point swing and a 51-38 lead that all but sealed the outcome.

Tyler Peachey scored 14 points and played an outstanding third quarter to lead HHS to the win. Eric Weinbrenner and Deckert each added nine points.

The win boosts Hillsboro’s record to 20-3. They will play in Hutch on Wednesday, but the time and opponent will not be determined until all sub-state action has been completed.

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