Hillsboro drops both games to Hesston

Hillsboro and Hesston matched up for a couple of competitive basketball games worthy of their rivalry Friday night, but the hometown Swathers prevailed for the victory in both cases.

In the girls’ game, Hillsboro trailed 14-11 after one quarter but held a 26-25 lead by halftime. After three quarters, Hesston was back in the lead 39-35.

Both teams struggled for points in the final period, but when Samantha Soyez nailed an NBA 3-pointer for the Trojanxs to tie the game at 42-42 with 1:12 to go, it seemed like fate might swing Hillsboro’s way. But Hesston got a pair of free throws from Lauren Raleigh with 10:4 seconds left, and a 15-footer at the buzzer by Hillsboro’s JuliAnne Chisholm caromed off the iron to give Hesston the win.

Hillsboro dropped to 11-3 with the loss while Hesston improved to 12-2.

In the boys’ game, the Trojans and Swathers battled back and forth for most of the contest. Hesston led 13-6 after one quarter, 22-21 at halftime and 35-32 after three quarters.

When Lucas Hamm scored in the paint with 2:45 to go, HIllsboro was still within two points at 42-40. But a free throw to complete a traditional three-point play by Michael Petrocci 15 seconds later began a string of 11-for-12 free-throw shooting down the stretch that carried the Swathers to a deceiving large 54-43 margin at game’s end. Hillsboro was 1-for-5 from the floor and missed a one-and-one opportunity during that final stretch run.

The loss dropped Hillsboro to 6-8 for the season while Hesston improved to 12-2.

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