Hillsboro splits games with Hesston on Tuesday (Jan. 10)

The Hillsboro girls used a strong third quarter to put themselves into position to beat Hesston Tuesday night, but Hesston came back in the final period on the strength of good free-throw shooting and the energy of Liz Wray to take a 47-46 win from the Trojans.

Hesston led 13-11 after one quarter and pushed ithe margin to 24-17 by halftime when Wray nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Trojans did not roll over, though, getting a spark from Lora Andrews and Amy Neufeld, who scored five and four points, respectively, to fuel a 17-6 Trojan turnaround that put Hillsboro ahead at the final break, 34-30.

But Wray, who spent some minutes on the bench during the third quarter, came roaring back with her quickness and hustle to spark Hesston to the win. Wray scored six points in the quarter, but her hustle on both ends of the court unsettled Hillsboro.

In the end, though, the Swathers won the game at the free-throw line, making 11 of 14 opportunities. HIllsboro meanwhile, made only five of 11.

Hillsboro featured a balanced attack with Tina Frick scoring 11 points, JuliAnne Chisholm 10 points and Neufeld and Hannah Marsh each adding eight.. Wray finished with 19 for Hesston (7-2). The loss drops Hillsboro to 4-4 for the season and 1-1 in the league.

The Trojan boys, meanwhile, got off to a hot start, using its defense to score off of three steals in the early minutes to fuel a 17-5 lead at the first break.. By halftime, Hillsboro led 29-13.

Even with the outcome all but decided, Hillsboro continued to extend its lead and enjoyed a 43-19 advantage after three quarters. Hillsboro led by as many as 28 points midway through the final period, 55-27.

Wade Weibert led a balanced attack with 15 points. Kyle Kroeker added 13 and Lucas Hamm 11.

The win improved Hillsboro’s record to 7-1 while Hesston dropped to 3-6.

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