Trojan girls and boys pull out close wins against Rock Creek

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DR
Both the Hillsboro girls and boys claimed victories at the Dickinson Couinty Classic on Friday night (Dec. 9), but neither win came easily.



The HHS girls overcame ragged play for the second night in a row, but did what they needed to do down the stretch to pull out a 35-32 win. Rock Creek led after one quarter, 10-7, and by one point at halftime, 14-13. In that first half, the Trojans made only 4 of 19 field-goal attempts and committed 16 turnovers.



Hillsboro played better in both departments in the second half and would have won the game with a lot less drama if they had been able to make free throws. HHS made only 1 of 11 attempts, and missed two one-and-one opportunities in the final 19 seconds to keep the outcome in doubt until the buzzer sounded.



The win boosts Hillsboro’s record to 1-1 for the season. The Trojans will play Rossville for third place, starting around 1:30 in the Abilene gymnasium.



The HHS boys, meanwhile, defeated Rock Creek in a nail-biter that ended in overtime at 52-51. Hillsboro led 13-11 after one quarter, but the game was tied at 22 at the half.



After three quarter, Hillsboro trailed, 38-33, but about midway through the fourth quarter, senior guard Kyle Kroeker took matters into his own hands, scoring eight of Hillsboro’s 10 points down the stretch to tie the game at 45 at the end of regulation.



Kroeker scored all seven of HIllsboro’s points in overtime, including the winning free throw with 9.6 seconds remaining. He finished with 26 for the game.



With the win, the 1-1 Trojans will play for third place beginning around 3:15 in Abilene. At the time of this report, word of the Trojans’ oppponent had not been announced.

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