Hillsboro opens MCAA play with wins over Nickerson

The Hillsboro girls and boys opened MCAA play Friday (Jan. 6) with wins at Nickerson.

The girls rode the strength of their defense to take a 36-23 victory. Hillsboro never trailed the entire game, but led only 10-8 after one quarter and 17-14 at halftime — thanks to a 3-pointer by Hannah Marsh with 14 seconds left in the second period.

But Hillsboro kicked up its defense a notch and allowed only four points through the first 13:30 of the second half to cruise to the win. Hillsboro led 30-18 after three quarters and 36-18 before Coach Melissa Stenfors started substituting freely with around 3 minutes to go.

JuliAnne Chisholm scored 15 points to lead a HIllsboro attack that never really found its rhythm. The Trojans shot 33 percent (16-48) from the floor but held Nickerson to 24 percent (9-37).

The HHS boys, meanwhile, used a brilliant first half to carry them to a 58-47 victory.

The Trojans led 18-9 after one quarter and 39-19 by halftime. The scrappy Panthers clawed their way to within 53-45 with a basket at the 2:40 mark of the final period, but Hillsboro made just enough free throws — 5 for 12, including two missed one-and-one opportunities–down the stretch to keep Nickerson at bay.

On a night when mainstays Lucas Hamm and Kyle Kroeker struggled, the Trojans got significant contributions from other players. Wade Weibert led the team with 15 points, Kroeker still managed 13 despite an off night and Macy Fadenrecht came up big with 10 points. Tim Funk and Peter Fast scored 6 and 4 points, respectively, in the first half.

With the wins, the Hillsboro girls are 4-3 on the season and 1-0 in league play while the boys are 6-1 and 1-0.

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