Hillsboro splits games with Collegiate (Feb. 6)

The Hillsboro girls used a strong first quarter to fuel a 59-49 win over Wichita Collegiate Tuesday night at Brown Gymnasium.

Shooting 8-for-13 from the field, including seven of their first eight shots, the Trojans led 18-12 after one quarter. Collegiate cut the margin to 29-24 by halftime, but the lead was back to nine points after three quarters, 42-33.

A 6-0 run to start the final period put Hillsboro in control of its destiny. But when leading scorer JuliAnne Chisholm fouled out with 4:37 left to play and Hillsboro leading 48-34, victory did not seem as certain. Collegiate scored two quick baskets to fuel some doubts but the Trojans made 11 of 15 free throws in the final 3:55 to nail down the win.

Hillsboro had four players in double figures — a season high. Samantha Soyez led the way with 17, Chisholm and Tina Frick scored 11 each and Hannah Marsh added 10 for Hillsboro, who improved to 12-3 for the season.

The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, knew they would have their hands full with a very quick and multi-talented Collegiate squad. The Trojan came out in a zone that kept the score at 3-2 until Collegiate took advantage of a couple of Trojan turnovers and finished the quarter with a 9-2 lead.

An 8-0 run to start the second quarter all but sealed Hillsboro’s fate as the Trojans struggled to score against the Spartans’ aggressive defense. By halftime Collegiate led 25-9.

The two teams played relatively evenly in the second half, but the visitors were never threatened on the way to a 48-28 victory.

Darren Enns and Lucas Hamm led Hillsboro’s attack with 9 points each.

The loss drops Hillsboro to 6-9 for the year while Collegiate remained unbeatean in the MCAA.

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