Hillsboro takes two from Haven (Feb. 11)

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DR
Fans may think the 10-point win by the Hillsboro girls and 8-point win by the boys indicate the Trojans had a fairly comfortable evening.



Actually, both teams had their hand full for most of the game before pulling away down the stretch, thanks to solid free-throw shooting



In the girls’ 51-41 victory, Hillsboro led after one quarter, 10-4 and by five points at halftime, 20-15. After three quarters the lead was down to four points, 28-24. But the Trojans made 14 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter to fuel the 10-point final margin.



In a balanced attack, Amy Duerksen scored 12, Hannah Marsh 11 and JuliAnne Chisholm 11 as the Trojans improved to 10-6 overall and 6-1 in league play.



The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, were in a dogfight the entire game. The score was tied at 11 after one quarter and it was only a 3-point basket by Kyle Kroeker at the buzzer that gave the Trojans a 33-29 lead at the break. Likewise, it took an NBA-distance 3-pointer by Daniel Deckert at the buzzer to tie the game at 42 heading into the final period.



The Trojans stepped up huge at the free throw line, making 13 of 14 in the final 3:03 to seal the win after the game was tied at 54. They also rebounded aggressively, holding Haven on most occasions to only one crack at the basket, usually from 3-point range.



Kroeker finished with a career-high 21 points for the Trojans. Teammate Derek Hamm added 14, Eric Weinbrenner 13 and Deckert 10 as the Trojans stay perfect at 16-0 overall and 7-0 in MCAA play.

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