Hillsboro’s basketball teams hit the road for a fifth straight game away from home, this time taking on the purple Trojans of Southeast of Saline. The maroon-clad Hillsboro Trojan girls got double-digit scoring from three players to fuel a 50-42 victory, their fourth consecutive win of the season. The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, struggled to play cohesively and lost to the SES Trojans, 55-44, for their first loss of the season.
GIRLS — The two teams traded points in the first quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Tuesday Weisbeck and Kinsey Kleiner in the final minute gave Hillsboro a 12-10 edge as the quarter ended.
With six girls chipping in points during the second quarter, Hillsboro posted a 25-16 lead by halftime. SES managed only two field goals the entire quarter.
The third quarter was the best one yet, as Hillsboro reached a 38-23 lead on a three-point play by freshman Teegan Werth with 3:10 left in the period. By the end of it, Hillsboro led, 42-30.
In the final quarter, Southeast got as close as 45-39 with 3:30 left in the game, but Hillsboro made five of eight free throws in the final 2:43 and did not allow an SES basket the rest of the way.
Senior Sienna Kaufman and freshman Teegan Werth tied for Hillsboro scoring honors with 14 points each. Trinity Malm added 11 points, as Hillsboro improved to 4-1.
BOYS—Hillsboro looked like a different team than the one that swept three games last week at Moundridge, lacking its strong team play and a never-say-die effort.
The Southeast Trojans took on that role instead, forging an 11-2 lead in the first 4 minutes of the opening quarter. With six points from Caleb Potucek, Hillsboro rallied to pull ahead for the first time, 15-14, as the buzzer sounded.
Elias Werth started the scoring for Hillsboro with a three-point play 52 seconds into the second quarter. But the team didn’t score again until Werth hit a pair of free throws at the 2:07 mark—a 5-minute drought. Hillsboro made only one field goal in nine attempts during the quarter, but SES missed 10 of their 13 shots.
Southeast started the third quarter impressively, outscoring Hillsboro, 9-2, in the first 3 minutes for a 30-22 lead. But Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw stepped up with baskets on three consecutive possessions to close the gap to 38-28 at the 3:00 mark. At the end of three quarters, the score was 36-32 with SES leading.
The fourth quarter proved to be regrettable. Fueled by two 3-point plays by Werth, Hillsboro took its final lead of the game, 38-37, with 6:38 to play. But Southeast’s Nick Montgomery scorched the nets with 11 points down the homestretch while Hillsboro scored one point in the final 2:07 on a free throw by Potucek with 3.6 seconds showing on the clock.
Werth was Hillsboro’s most productive scorer with 19 points. Potucek finished with nine, Shaw eight, Darian Ratzlaff a season-low six and Brodie Rathbone with one point.
COMING—Hillsboro will make its home court debut Tuesday with games against Marion. The girls will tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys around 7:30 p.m.