Hillsboro girls and boys claim tournament titles with wins over Inman

Hillsboro pulled off a double sweep Friday with victories over Inman at the Moundridge Pre-Season Tournament. Not only did the wins clinch the tournament titles, but both teams accomplished 3-0 records for the week.

The Trojan girls came back from a 21-14 deficit midway through the third quarter and ended up with a 42-34 victory.

The boys, meanwhile, parlayed a tremendous 38-23 first-half performance. Inman rallied to within 50-43 midway through the final quarter but Hillsboro registered a 61-51 victory.

GIRLS—Both teams struggled for points in the first quarter, with Inman slipping into the lead 5-3 as the period ended. The two teams combined for 3-for-13 shooting from the field and both committed five turn­overs.

The second quarter was more of the same, only slightly more productive. By halftime the Trojans cut the Teutons’ lead in half with a mediocre 15-14 score at intermission.

Inman achieved its largest lead at 21-14, but the Trojans pieced together an 11-0 charge to grab a 25-21 advantage. Hillsboro maintained a 27-25 lead heading into the final quarter.

After an Inman basket tied the game a 27 to start the third quarter, the Trojans made their move, launching a 9-2 surge to the 3:34 mark. Hillsboro had a chance to runaway with the victory if they could have hit their free throws. Hillsboro had the possibility of adding 16 point from the line, but settled for six. It proved to be enough as time ran down.

Sienna Kaufman led Trojan scoring in all three tournament games, finishing with 14 on Friday and 43 for three games. Abby Sechrist and Teegan Werth each contributed 11 as Hills­boro improved to 3-1 for the young season.

BOYS—Hillsboro began the game with a 13-5 sprint that was capped by a 3-point basket by Darian Ratzlaff. Inman cut the margin to 13-9 as the quarter ended.

The second quarter moved from sprint to hypersprint with Hillsboro outscoring Inman, 25-14. Ratzlaff scored 13 points in the quarter and both Elias Werth and Brodie Rathbone chipped in five to give Hillsboro a 38-23 lead at intermission.

In the aftermath of the second quarter storm, the Trojans experienced encountered an offensive lull, managing only eight points in eight minutes—all eight points were scored by Ratzlaff. But by the end of the quarter, the Teutons had chipped away only three points of Hillsboro’s lead at 46-35.

The Trojans played a deliberate fourth quarter, running time off the clock while still looking for opportunities to score. When Inman’s Jordan Friesen drained a 3-pointer and then got a three-point play and a two-point basket from 6-foot-8 Mason Thiessen, Inman was as close as 50-43 with 5:20 to go.

But it was the Trojans who fired the winning shots, including a 3-pointer by Werth, a 2-point basket by Wes Shaw followed by a 2-pointer from Werth to bump the lead back to 57-45 with 2:38 left. Four free-throws by Shaw in the final 1:33 nailed down the victory with a 10-point cushion to boot.