Hillsboro falls to Burlington in Class 3A semifinals


HHSgbStBurlDanae237 HHSgbStBurlTena241 HHSgbStBurlAddie248  Like their first-round game Wednesday, the Hillsboro girls found themselves in hole after three quarters of their semifinal game Friday at the Class 3A state tournament.

But this time the Trojans couldn?t dig themselves out of it. Hillsboro?s dream of a state championship ended with a 55-45 loss to top-seeded and undefeated Burlington at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

The Trojan got off to a 6-0 start on two free throws and a basket by Tena Loewen and basket in the paint by Danae Bina. But Burlington stepped up from there, thanks in large part to the three-point shooting of Madison Stewart.

Haley Gilman got the Wildcats their first basket at the 5:19 mark, then Stewart hit two threes in a span of about 1:15 to fuel a 10-0 run that ended when Loewen hit a 12-foot basket with 1:36 left in the first quarter.

Burlington, which led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, was protecting a 14-12 led in the second quarter when Stewart lit it up again from long range. She hit a three on either side of a two-point basket by Breanna Bluma to put the Wildcats on top 22-14 with 3:45 left in the half.

A two-pointer by Stewart with two seconds left in the half gave Burlington a 28-21 lead at intermission.

Points were hard to come by for both teams early in the third period. But when Lackey drilled a three-pointer from the wing at the 3:02 mark, Hillsboro was within five points at 32-27. A surge by Burlington pushed the lead to 39-29, with less than a minute to go, but a traditional three-point play by Bina cut the margin to 39-32 at the end of the quarter.

Trailing 44-35, Hillsboro launched what proved to be its final charge when Lackey hit a basket in the paint with 5:29 to go. She added another basket like it, and Tena Loewen hit a pair of free throws, to pull the Trojans to with 44-41 with 3:45 to play, and then it was 46-43 when Lackey scored a third time in the lane with 2:29 left.

Burlington didn?t score another field goal the rest of the game, but made nine of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win with a 9-2 run.

Lackey finished as the Trojans? top scorer with 19 points and Loewen chipped in 13. Bina added nine points on 4-for-12 shooting. For Burlington, Stewart scored 18 points, with Bluma and Sarah Pearson adding 13 each.

As a team, Hillsboro actually outshot Burlington from the field, 44 percent (15-34) to 42 percent (17-40).

The Trojans will play for third place Saturday against Russell, who lost to Garden Plain, 57-35, in the other semifinal game. The consolation game will begin at noon.











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