Hillsboro splits with Hesston on Tuesday (Jan. 11)

The Hillsboro girls’ and and boys’ basketball teams ended up on the opposite ends of success Tuesday night at Hesston.

The Trojan girls played an excellent first quarter, trailing the state-ranked Swathers (8-1), 20-17, at the break. But the two teams took diffrent paths the rest of the game. Hillsboro struggled more and more on offense while Hesston seemed to get hotter and hotter.

In the end the Swathers won by a comfortable 63-33 margin.

JuliAnne Chisholm lef the Trojans with 11 points, but got into foul trouble in the second quarter. That seemed to be the turning point for Hillsboro, which dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.

The boys, meanwhile, battled Hesston tooth and nail through the first half, which ended in a 20-20 tie. A 10-2 run to start the third quarter gave Hillsboro some separation that held up through the rest of the contest. Hillsboro hit 12 of 14 free throws in the final period, including 11 straight to nail down the win.

Unofficially, Derek Hamm led Hillsboro’s attack with 12 points.

With the win, Hillsboro moves to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.

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