Hillsboro splits games against Halstead on Tuesday (Jan. 31)

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DR
The Hillsboro girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both suffered through sub-par performances Tuesday night against Halstead, but at least one team found a way to win anyway.



The Trojan girls struggled all evening to get themselves in sync, did manage to force the game into an overtime, where they finally came together for a 41-36 victory.



Hillsboro led 9-8 after one quarter and 19-17 at halftime. Heading into the final period the game was deadlocked at 28. Halstead appeared on the verge of the upset when Ashley Douglas nailed a 3-pointer that gave the Dragons a 35-32 lead with 2:40 left in the game. Hillsboro got a put-back by Hannah Marsh and one of two free throws from Amy Neufeld to tie the game at 35 with 1:52 to play. The two teams combined to miss their last five shots to send the game into OT.



Even though the Trojans missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the final 1:26 of the extra period and made only 2 of 6 for the full 4 minutes, they played good enough defense to post the 41-36 victory.



Marsh finished with 14 and JuliAnne Chisholm 12 for Hillsboro, which improved to 8-6.



In the boys’ game, the Trojans were almost unrecognizable against a good Dragon squad. The visitors surged to an 18-8 lead after one period, but Hillsboro seemed to be righting itself by drawing to within 26-22 by halftime.



Unfortunately, the Trojans came out flatter than the Kansas prairie in the third period to fall back behind by 10 at 39-29 with the final break. Hillsboro never made a serious run at the Dragons in the fourth quarter.



Kyle Kroeker scored 14 and Wade Weibert 10 for Hillsboro, which fell to 10-4 on the season.

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