Hillsboro gets double wins for Christmas

Hillsboro came home from a long trip to Ellinwood Friday with a good measure of Christmas cheer. Both the Trojan girls’ and boys’ teams defeated their respective Eagle counterparts.

The girls, sorely needing a victory after a shaky start to the season, got 17 points from JuliAnne Chisholm — including 11 in the second half — to post a 50-43 victory over the previously undefeated Eagle girls.

The Trojans trailed 11-8 after one quarter and 19-15 at intermission, but came out much stronger in the third quarter to take a 34-32 lead at the final break. An 8-1 run to start the fourth quarter but Hillsboro in control.

The win improves Hillsboro’s record to 2-3 for the season.

The Trojan boys, meanwhile, found themselves in a game of maul-ball against a physically aggressive Eagle team, but in the end posted a 51-31 win.

After one quarter, Hillsboro trailed 6-4, hitting only two of 16 shots. By halftime, HHS was in front, 22-15, thanks in no small part to 10-for-14 free-throw shooting during the second quarter.

By the end of three quarters, Hillsboro led 40-25, and crusied (and bruised) their way to the 20-point victory.

Kyle Kroeker finished with 15 points to lead Hillsboro, who improved to 4-1. The Trojans shot 37 free throws before the night was over.

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