The Hillsboro girls? and boys? teams put on impressive performances Thursday night against the host squads in the second round of the Moundridge early-season tournament.
The Trojan girls showed the richness of their depth as they handed a solid Mound?ridge team a 49-33 defeat despite missing three seniors because of illness. The Trojan boys, meanwhile, found a way to overcome 29 points by Moundridge standout Trey Unrau to secure a solid 51-46 victory.
GIRLS? GAME — Just as they did against Garden Plain earlier in the week, Hillsboro got out of the gate quickly against the Wildcats. After the home team scored the first bucket, the Trojans outscored Moundridge 13-1 to lead by 11 points a little over three minutes into the contest. Addie Lackey, Callie Serene and Steph Sanders each drained a three-pointer during the surge.
Another three by Sanders boosted the score to 16-7 by the end of the first quarter. In the second period, Maci Schlehuber came off the bench to score a two-pointer and three-pointer on consecutive possessions around the 2:15 mark to help the Trojans push the margin to 27-16 by halftime.
Hillsboro shot 67 percent (12-18) through the first two quarters while tenacious defense limited Moundridge to 33 percent shooting (6-18) from the floor.
The Trojans cooled off to 3-for-10 shooting in the third quarter, but two of the baskets were three-pointers — one each from Serene and Sanders — to help Hillsboro maintain a 14-point margin after three quarters, 37-23.
Moundridge got as close 44-33 with a minute to play in the game, but Tena Loewen scored a basket and a free throw while Danae Bina added the final basket of the night to give HHS the 16-point victory margin.
For the game, the Trojans shot just under 50 percent (19-39) from the floor while holding Moundridge to 29 percent success (12-41).
Even with Allie Faul and the Heyen twins recovering at home, Hillsboro coach Nathan Hiebert got point production from eight players, including five players with six or more. Sanders and Lackey led the way with nine points each while Loewen added eight, Schlehuber seven and Serene six.
With the win HHS improved to 2-0 and will take on Lyons Friday night at 4 p.m. The Lions lost to Garden Plain in the early game to fall to 0-2.
BOYS GAME — The Trojans boys displayed competitive ferocity from the start, riding 11 points from Jesse Allen to a 19-15 lead after one period. Ben Beber?meyer and Brett Weinbrenner each contributed four points. Moundridge?s Unrau kept his team in range with three three-points and 11 total points during the period.
That sort of set the tone for the game. Except for a dry second quarter, those three Trojans supplied a counter balance to Unrau?s long-range artillery. Hillsboro made only one of 11 shots during the second period while the Wildcats scored 10 points to take a 25-21 lead at intermission. Unrau had 16 points at the break.
HHS came out determined in the third quarter, getting two buckets from Bebermeyer and a three-pointer from Weinbrenner to vault to a 28-25 lead. Unrau countered with a trey, but Bebermeyer, Allen and Wein?brenner combined for nine more points. After Josh Wiebe chipped in a bucket with 25 seconds left, the Trojans led 39-36 at quarter?s end — despite two more three-pointers from Unrau.
In the final period, Wein?brenner was the difference maker on offense, scoring eight more points while Caleb Hilliard shined on defense, frustrating Unrau to the tune of only seven points down the home stretch, including one three-pointer from NBA range.
Even though Unrau finished with 29 points, Hilliard and his teammates harassed him well enough all night long to tilt the game Hillsboro?s way.
Weinbrenner finished a strong all-around floor game with 19 points while Allen and Bebermeyer each chipped in 14. As a team, the Trojans shot nearly 48 percent for the game (21-44), despite the atrocious second quarter. Moundridge, meanwhile, managed 47 percent (17-36), including 10 three-pointers.
The win evens Hillsboro?s record to 1-1 and drops Moundridge to the same mark. Tomorrow, HHS will take on Lyons, who lost a close game to Garden Plain on Thursday after losing to Moundridge on Tuesday. The Hillsboro-Lyons game will start around 5:30 p.m. at Moundridge.