The Hillsboro girls overcame a ragged first half to pull away from Little River and post the school?s first Class 2A postseason victory in 40-plus years with a 48-28 final score.
If the Trojans felt stepping into 2A would be a walk in the park, they were right?only in the sense they almost got mugged.
The Redskins pestered the Trojans into uncharacteristic turnovers, poor shooting and multiple fouls en route to a 10-8 lead after one quarter.
Danae Bina?s steal and layup enabled the Trojans to take an 18-16 led by halftime even though Alex Ratzlaff?one of Hills?boro?s few sources of offense in the first half?and leading scorer Addie Lackey were sitting on the bench with foul trouble.
The Trojans stumbled out of the gate in the third quarter, but finally found their stride as they amped up the defensive pressure to move from a 20-20 tie to a 31-20 lead at the 3:27 mark.
Hillsboro took a 34-21 lead into the final period and were never seriously threatened down the stretch?even though Lackey, fouled out with 6:12 to play.
Bina finished with 16 points, Ratzlaff added 15 and Lackey 12 as the Trojans improved to 16-5 while the Redskins ended their season with a 15-6 record.
Hillsboro will take on Central Kansas League rival Sterling (19-2) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Berean Academy. Sterling defeated Canton-Galva 60-28 in a quarterfinal game Monday. This will be the third meeting this season between Hillsboro and Sterling. The two teams have split the previous two games.