Hillsboro drops both games at Lyons

Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Hillsboro Trojan basketball teams. The Hillsboro girls lost in an overtime upset while the boys wilted against a very good Lions team.

In the girls’ game, the Trojans never seemed to find their stride against the formerly winless home team, losing 45-44 in overtime. Hillsboro led 12-11 after one quarter, but nine turnovers and 2-for-11 shooting in the second period led them to the short end of a 22-17 score at halftime.

A 3-pointer at the buzzer by Lyons’ Shelley Burgess gave the Lions a 35-29 lead after three quarters. Two consecutive baskets by Amanda Faber around the 3-minute mark finally pulled the Trojans into a tie at 37-37. One more basket by each team by the 1:20 mark tied the game at 39…and both teams missed numerous opportunities to score before the final buzzer.

In overtime both teams made one field goal, but Lyons was 4-for-6 from the line while Hillsboro was 3-for-5.

The ugly loss drops the Trojans to 4-5 for the season while Lyons celebrated their first win after nine straight losses to start the year.

The Hillsboro boys faced probably their toughest competition so far this season…and did not rise to the challenge. Fueled by their devastating 42-22 dominance in the first half, the Lions prevailed, 64-51.

Lyons started the game with a 16-3 surge and never were seriously threatened, although Hillsboro did pull to within eight points in the final quarter at 56-48 when Kyle Kroeker hit a 3-pointer with 1:18 to play. But the Lions made 10 of 11 free throws over the last 1:30 to squelch any further threat.

Kroeker led the Trojans with 16 points and Lucas Hamm added 14. The talented Luons had three players in double figures — Blaine Clark with 21, Kevin Sechrist with 15 and Cameron Simms with 14.

The Lions improved to 9-1 while the Trojans fell to 7-2, ending a seven-game win streak.

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