Hillsboro traveled to Lyons Tuesday with an opportunity to sweep the struggling Lions. As it turned out, the Hillsboro girls struggled just a bit more than the home team (0-5, 5-10) and came home with a disappointing 54-47 losss.
The Hillsboro boys led Lyons (1-6, 3-12) by only two points after one quarter, but the talent disparity between the two teams became more clear with each passing quarter on the way to a 60-31 Trojan victory.
GIRLS—Hillsboro’s biggest stumbling block in the game was Bailey Hollinger, the Lions’ 5-7 guard who broke loose for 29 points to fuel her team’s victory.
In the first half, Hollinger drained four 3-point baskets on the way to 18 points by intermission. In the second half, the Trojans shut down the sharp-shooting guard behind the 3-point line, only to turn her loose at the free-throw line, where she drained 13 of 14led the Trojans 2ith 17 points, charities to keep the Trojans at bay late in the game.
Lyons jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but when Tuesday Weisbeck scored Hillsboro first points a few seconds later, the Trojans appeared to correct the ship. thanks in large part to a couple of 3-point bombs by freshman Kinsey Kleiner. When Dani Klein scored back-to-back baskets in the final 36 seconds, Hillsboro was within one point at 15-14.
The Trojans took their first lead when another freshman, Teegan Werth, nailed a 3-pointer 12 seconds into the second quarter. Three straight scores — two 2-point baskets and one 3-pointer — by senior guard Sienna Kaufman gave Hillsboro its biggest lead of the night at 23-18 with 3:38 left in the half. But Hollinger hit two 3-point baskets down the stretch, including one with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 26-26 by halftime.
Hillsboro made only two of 11 shots in the third quarter. Lyons didn’t fare much better, but scored a basket with 45 seconds left in the quarter to give Lyons a 36-35 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
Once again, the Trojans got a boost with a 3-point bomb by Kleiner 30 seconds into the quarter. Unfortunately, the Trojans didn’t score again until Kleiner duplicated her 3-point feat at the 4:48 mark to tie the game at 41. Lyons rebuilt the lead to 47-43 at the 2:40 mark, but Abby Sechrist stepped up for back-to-back scores to bring her team within two points at 49-47 with 49 seconds left.
Unfortunately, the Trojan scoring shut down while Hollinger made five of six free throws to propel her team to the 54-47 final score.
Kaufman led the Trojans with 17 points. Kleiner finished with 11 points and Sechrist added eight points as the Trojans dropped to 8-8 for the season and 2-4 in the league.
BOYS—Hillsboro fought tooth and nails to take a 13-11 edge after one quarter. Wes Shaw scored four points as the quarter started and Darian Ratzlaff tossed in five points in the final 1:38.
Both teams struggled to score to start the second quarter. When Ratzlaff scored in the lane at the 5:27 mark, Hillsboro led 16-13. After a basket by Lyons on the next possession, the Trojans threw a 10-0 shutout before Lyons’ Brayden Fundenberger hit a pair of free throws to break the home team drought. But by then, Hillsboro led 26-17 as the first half ended.
The Trojans took control of the contest with a 19-6 third-quarter explosion. Hillsboro began the fourth quarter with a 22-point lead (45-23) and ended the game with a 29-point margin (60-31).
Ratzlaff ;ed the Trojans with 17 points, Shaw added 15 and Elias Werth a12 to lead the offense. The win improved Hillsboro’s league record to 5-1 and its season record to 13-3. As a team, the Trojans hit 39 percent (22-57) of their shots and Lyons hit 26 percent ((12-46).