Hillsboro takes two games from El Dorado to begin 2006

Hillsboro teams came back from the holiday break with a pair of victories but two very different performances Tuesday night (Jan. 3) in their first home games of the season.

The Hillsboro girls looked as if they put their holiday practice sessions to good use, posting perhaps their most impressive victory of the season, 52-32.

Key to the win was their consistent intensity on defense and much better ball-handling. The Trojans jumped to a 14-8 lead after one quarter and pushed the margin to 10 points by intermission, 27-17. By the end of three quarters, HHS led by 19 at 42-23 and then coasted to the 20-point final margin.

JuliAnne Chisholm led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points, Lora Andrews and Hannah Marsh each added 10 and Tina Frick 8. With the win, Hillsboro improved to 3-3 for the season.

The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, looked a little rough around the edges in their game before escaping with a 43-37 victory.

The two teams were tied at 9 after one period, but Hillsboro appeared to take control in the second quarter as they advanced to a 26-19 lead by halftime. After three quarters, the Trojans led by 10, 39-29. But Hillsboro did not score a point in the fourth quarter until Lucas Hamm scored off a steal with 1:39 left in the game. By then, the Wildcats had pulled to within two points at 39-37. Hamm’s two free throws with 5.7 seconds left iced the win.

Hamm led the Trojans with 17 points; no one else scored in double figures. With the win, Hillsboro improves to 5-1.

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