The Hillsboro Trojans completed the 2013-14 regular season looking like a couple of basketball teams ready to find success in the post-season. The Trojans took two solid victories Tuesday night from visiting Kingman. The girls prevailed 61-32 and the boys won by a 65-40 margin. The girls will enter sub-state play next week with a 15-5 record will the boys will come in at 17-3.
GIRLS –– Addie Lackey made senior night the best scoring night of her Trojan career — so far, at least — with a 31-point performance in Hillsboro?s 21-point victory.
Kingman scored the first basket of the game, but by the time the first quarter ended the Trojans led 12-7. Hillsboro warmed up in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 17-8 for the quarter and posting a 29-15 halftime lead. Lackey had 16 points and Danae Bina nine after the first two quarters.
Hillsboro started the third quarter by holding Kingman to one made basket on three shots while forcing five Eagle turnovers. By the time Kingman?s Madison Bangert scored at the 4:53 mark, Hillsboro was leading 41-17. Lackey and Alex Ratzlaff each added four points to Hillsboro?s 12-2 run over that stretch. By the end of the period, the Trojans were leading 45-23.
Hillsboro continued to force turnovers, building the lead to 57-27 with 3:13 to play. But the running clock did not kick in until the Trojans hit the 30-point spread a second time when Bina hit a pair of free throws with 2:39 to go for a 59-29 lead.
Complementing Lackey?s scoring were Bina with 15 points and Ratzlaff with 11. Bangert finished with 17 to lead the Eagles, who dropped to 8-11 for the season.
BOYS — The Trojan boys broke down the Eagles with great ball movement on offense and great defense on the other end of the floor to post what turned into a relatively easy win over the Eagles (13-6).
Jordan Faul got the game off with a bang when he drilled a three-pointer 48 seconds into the contest. Kingman led briefly on the strength of some early free throws, but Hillsboro took the lead for good at 9-7 when Faul hit his second three of the quarter at the 5:32 mark. That basket ignited an 9-0 run that ended the quarter with an 18-7 lead at the first break.
Kingman scored the first seven points of the second quarter, but when Christian Ratzlaff scored on a put-back at the 6:34 mark, the Trojans launched an 18-7 surge for a 36-21 lead at intermission.
Hillsboro?s scoring slowed as Kingman?s defense kick it up a notch to start the third period, but the Trojans still outscored the visitors 9-7 for a 45-28 lead heading into the final quarter.
Brett Weinbrenner would have made the highlight reel for his tremendous passing skills through the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. The senior guard dished out four tremendous assists in succession that resulted in one basket by Ratzlaff, two by Avery Franz and one by Evan Ollen?burger for an 8-0 burst that put Hillsboro in front 53-28.
A great, late shooting performance from Kingman?s Mitchell Packard prevented Hillsboro from reaching a running-clock lead as time ran out. Packard finished with 12 points in the quarter and a game-high 25 for the night. Ratzlaff led Hillsboro with 23 points and Franz added a career-high 10.
NEXT (ipdated) — Official sub-state seedings were announced Wednesday. The Hillsboro girls will travel to Little River for the first round. Both teams have a 15-5 record; Little River won the coin flip for the fourth seed. That game will begin at 7 p.m. The Trojan boys, seeded No. 2, will host Peabody-Burns (6-14) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.