Hillsboro girls cruise into sub-state semifinals (Feb.28)

The Hillsboro girls looked like a team primed for post-season play with a solid 61-37 win over Marion in the opening round of sub-state action in Hillsboro Tuesday night.

JuliAnne Chisholm set the tone for the evening, scoring in the lane 16 seconds into the contest. Marion stayed close, but the Trojans led 12-8 at the first break.

The game turned Hillsboro’s way in the second period when the Trojans launched a 16-4 assault over those eight minutes. Audrey Weinbrenner started the run with a 15-footer 24 seconds into the period, and ended it with a 17-footer at the buzzer that gave Hillsboro a 28-12 halftime cushion. Between those two baskets, Chisholm added six points.

Marion made one last run at the Trojans to start the third quarter, getting as close as 12 points, 35-23, with 2:59 left in the period. Another basket by Weinbrenner sparked a 9-2 run to finish the quarter and give HHS a 44-25 lead at the final break.

The Trojans’ biggest lead of the game came in the final quarter, when Jessica Heidel scored with 2:36 to play for a 59-33 margin.

Chisholm finished as the game’s high scorer with 22 points and Amy Neufeld came off the bench to chip in 11. Toni Gordon scored 12 for Marion and Allie Maddox added 10 in their final games. The Warriors finished with a 6-15 record for the year.

Hillsboro, playing some of its best ball just in time for post-season play, improved to 12-9 with its third straight win. The Trojans will play the winner of the Osage City vs. Mission Valley game Friday at Hesston. Game time is yet to be determined.

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