Hillsboro girls advance to sub-state finals

Hannah Marsh, who sat out much of the first half with foul trouble, scored 16 points in the second half to lead the Hillsboro girls past Lyons, 55-42, in the semifinals of sub-state play at Lyons.

The Trojans jumped to a 9-2 lead before Lyons came back to take an 11-9 lead on a 3-pointer by Shelley Burgess with 2:39 left in the opening quarter. But a 3-pointer by Megan Peachey with less than four seconds left int he period gave Hillsboro a 14-11 lead at the first break.

Hillsboro would never trail the rest of the way. Even with Marsh and JuliAnne Chisholm in foul trouble, the Trojans got a couple of big baskets from senior Amy Duerksen and sophomore Tina Frick to maintain a 23-19 lead at half ime.

In the third period, Marsh and Chisholm came alive with six points apiece, and Duerksen added four more to put the Trojans up, 39-29, at the final break. Marsh poured in 10 points in the final from to carry Hillsboro to the 13-point win.

On the other end of the court, Emily Ratzlaff played great defense on Lyons standout Andrea Leiker, who also found herself sitting on the bench for a good part of the game because of fouls. Leiker finished with 13 points, well below her average, and six of those came in the final quarter when Hillsboro had control of the contest.

Marsh finished with 19 points to lead all scorers while Chisholm added 14 and Duerksen 12 as the Trojans improve to 15-7 while Lyons finishes at 14-8.

Hillsboro will play Hesston at 6 p.m. Saturday for the opportunity to play at Hutchinson next week. The Swathers (19-3) crushed Medicine Lodge, 64-31.

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