Hillsboro girls rally late, but fall short in sub-state semifinals

It was a classic case of “too little, too late” for the Hillsboro girls Friday night as they dropped a 58-53 decision to Osage City in the semifinals of the Hesston sub-state tournament.

Osage City scored the first four points of the game and slowly but steadily pulled away as the Trojans reverted to some bad habits that plagued them earlier in the season — impatient offense, poor rebounding, turnovers and sub-par free-throw shooting.

Osage City led 18-13 after one quarter and 27-17 at the half. Hillsboro’s 2-for-15 shooting in the second period was a key reason for the Indians’ spread.

The two teams more less played to a standoff in the third period, but the Indians extended their lead to 14 points, 42-28, by scoring the last four points of the period.

At the start of the final quarter, Osage City built its biggest lead of the night at 48-30 with 5:30 to play.

A Trojan timeout with 5:03 to go seemed to flip a switch for HHS, who started a furious comeback over the final minutes, pulling to within five points at the end on a basket by Amy Neufeld with 13.4 seconds left.

Osage City did about everything it could do to help Hillsboro’s rally, turning the ball over several times and making only three of 10 free throws over the last three minutes of the game.

Weinbrenner finished as Hillsboro’s leading scorer with 13 points and Amanda Faber added 12. — 11 points coming in the final period. JuliAnne Chisholm scored 10.

With the loss Hillsboro finished the year at 12-10 while top-seeded Osage City improved to 22-1 for the season.

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