Hillsboro boys lose first game while the girls win by 13

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DR
Home-team-friendly scheduling, a notoriously tough gym to play in and a good opponent conspired to bring down the Hillsboro boys’ undefeated season as the Vikings defeated the Trojans, 64-54, Saturday (Feb. 18) in Lindsborg in a makeup game from Feb. 8.



Within 11 hours of returning home from a long game and bus trip from Ellinwood the night before, the Trojans boys were on the road to Lindborg for a 2 p.m. start at Smoky Valley, who played at home on Friday.



The Trojans and Vikings battled to a 16-16 tie after one quarter and Smoky took a one-point lead at intermission, 29-28. By the end of three quarters, the Vikings led 43-40.



With Smoky Valley ahead 48-47 midway through the final period, the Vikings went on a critical 10-0 run to lead 58-47 with one minute to play, and that proved to be the knockout punch for a Trojan team that played hard but seemed a half-step off its normal game all day.



Daniel Deckert led the Trojans with 15 points, Lucas Hamm added 11 and Kyle Kroeker 10 as the Trojans drop[ped to 18-1 for the year.



The Hillsboro girls, meanwhile, put together one of their better full games of the season as they defeated a talented Smoky Valley team, 62-49.



Seven points from Hannah Marsh and six from Emily Ratzlaff fueled HHS to a 13-10 lead after one quarter. A 19-13 advantage in the second quarter put the Trojans ahead by nine at the break, 32-23.



A 9-0 run to start the third quarter put Hillsboro in command, 41-23, midway through the period, but Smoky Valley began a slow comeback, cutting the lead to nine points by the break, 41-32, and pulling to within six points, 43-37, in the opening minute of the final period. But the Trojans would not let them get any closer and extended their lead down the stretch.



Marsh finished with 23 points and Emily Ratzlaff chipped in 15 to lead Hillsboro, who improved to 12-7 for the season and 8-2 in league play.

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