HHS girls tame Sunrise Buffaloes, 60-41 in Classic opener

With freshman Teegan Werth breaking loose with 22 points, the Hillsboro girls rolled to a 60-41 victory over Sunrise Christian Academy in their opening game of the Trojan Classic Thursday in Hillsboro.

The Trojans established an 11-6 edge after one quarter, but a 22-8 second quarter put the Trojans firmly in the driver’s seat with a 33-14 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Trojans outscored the Buffaloes 15-11 in the third quarter. Sunrise claimed the fourth quarter, 16-12, but victory was well beyond reach for the Buffaloes.

Senior Abby Sechrist broke double digits with 11 points as eight Trojans contributed points during the evening.

As a team, Hillsboro shot 41 percent (21-51) from the floor, including a solid 4-for-8 from behind the arc. The Trojans made 14 of 23 free-throw attempts (61 percent).

The Buffaloes were led by Tailey Chandler with 15 points. Sunrise made 35 percent of their field-goal attempts (18-51), including 1-for-5 from 3-point territory. The big difference in the game was free-throw opportunities. Sunrise shot only five charities the entire game, and made four.

Hillsboro dominated the boards, 51-18.

With the win, Hillsboro will take on the No. 1 seed, Clay Center, at 6 p.m. Friday. The Hillsboro boys will play Clay Center as well in their second-round game, with a scheduled start of 7:30 p.m. Both games will be played in Brown Gymnasium.