Hillsboro drops a pair of home games to Smoky Valley (Feb. 7)

For the second Tuesday in a row, home cooking turned mighty sour for the Hillsboro High School basketball teams. This time, though, both teams suffered losses to Smoky Valley in Brown Gymnasium.

The Hillsboro girls shot under 20 percent for the evening, and that was more than enough to help Smoky Valley take a 32-23 win from the Trojans.

Hillsboro trailed 10-2 after one quarter, 19-9 at halftime and 28-11 after three quarters. Through three quarters, Hillsboro was shooting a frigid 13 percent (4-30) from the floor. Hillsboro “exploded” for 12 points in the final period, but it was too little, way too late.

JuliAnne Chisholm led Hillsboro with 7 points as the Trojans dropped to 9-7 for the year and 4-3 in the league.

The boys’ game, a 67-57 loss, followed a similar theme only with slightly better shooting. The Trojans trailed 12-10 after one quarter but Smoky Valley battered the home team with a 19-6 edge in the second period to go up by 34-18 at halftime. After three quarters, Hillsboro trailed by 20, 46-26.

Unbelievably, Hillsboro erupted for 31 points in the final period, and cut the lead to six at 58-52 with 1:54 to go. But Smoky recovered and held off the Trojans at the free-throw line to take the 67-57 victory.

Lucas Hamm scored 20 points before fouling out and Kyle Kroeker managed 10 on an off night. Justin Holcom burned the Trojans for 27.

The loss drops Hillsboro to 11-5 for the year and 4-3 in the league.

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