Hillsboro hoopsers humbled at home by Hoisington

One week after Ground?hog Day, Hillsboro?s girls? and boys? basketball teams dug themselves double-digit halftime deficits that led to a Hoisington sweep Tuesday at Brown Gymnasium. The Trojan girls, trailing 28-14 at intermission, almost crawled out of the hole in the second half before absorbing a 48-38 defeat. The Trojan boys trailed the Cardinals 34-18 at halftime and never made a serious charge at the visitors on the way to a 62-46 loss.

The losses dropped the Hillsboro girls to 10-6 overall and 5-2 in the league while Hoisington improved to 10-5 and 4-3. Hillsboro boys slipped to 12-4 and 5-2 while Hoisington improved to 7-9 and 2-5.

GIRLS — The teams were tied at 6-6 at the 3:51 mark of the first quarter when Hills?boro suddenly lost power. The Trojans suffered five turnovers and one missed shot the rest of the quarter to trail the Cardinals 16-10. Alex Ratzlaff finally broke the drought with a three-pointer basket with 24 seconds remaining.

Hillsboro took the horse-collar in the second quarter, missing all six of its shots from the floor. Four free throws accounted for all of the offense the Trojans could muster.

To their credit, the Trojans turned their game around in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 15-4 to close the gap to three points as the quarter ended, 32-29. Ratzlaff scored six points and Tassanee Sanchez five to fuel the comeback.

Unfortunately, the Trojans slipped back into their lesser selves during the fourth quarter and did not score until Sanchez earned a layup off a steal with 2:41 left in the game. By then, Hoisington had built a 42-39 lead. Four points from Abby Sechrist in the final 1:04 helped the Trojans pulled to within 10 points as the game ended.

Aside from Sechrist, who finished with six points, and Paige Proffitt, who added two points in the first half, Ratzlaff and Sanchez scored every other Trojan point with 18 and 12, respectively.

The Cardinals were led by Rylie Koester with 21 points and Emma Harmon with 17; Karisa Schremer accounted for the team?s other six points. The Cardinals shot 48.5 percent (18-37) from the floor while Hillsboro made 12 of 38 shots (31.5 percent).

BOYS — The Trojans jumped to a 5-0 in the first minute, but didn?t score again until Joe Knoll drained a three at the 2:18 mark and Elias Werth added one with 51 seconds left in the opening quarter. Hoisington led, 17-11, at the break.

The Trojans sunk deeper in deficit, going scoreless in the second quarter until Werth hit a three at the 3:38 mark. Darian Ratzlaff and Austin Cross each added a two-pont basket before the first half ran out with Hillsboro trailing, 34-18.

Unlike the Trojan girls, Hillsboro boys never made a serious run at the Cardinals, managing to whittle the lead down by one point at the end of three quarters, 45-30. When Braden Vogt hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were within single digits at 51-42. But Hoisington reasserted itself down the stretch with an 11-4 scoring run over the final 5:45 for the 62-46 finish.

Vogt was the only Trojan to break double digits, finishing with 11. As a team, Hillsboro shot 36 percent (18-50) from the floor. Hoising?ton, meanwhile, had three players in double figures — Steffan Dolechek and Brenner Donovan with 15 points each and Cameron Davis with 10. As a team, the Cardinals shot a sizzling 51.1 percent (23-45) from the floor. Hoisington also ruled the boards, with a 38-19 edge in rebounding.

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