Going into the game, the biggest question was how the loss of practice time because of snowstorms two over the past week would affect play. The answer for Hillsboro was: Not noticeably. Addie Lackey scored off a steal 21 seconds into the contest and Hillsboro went on a 16-0 run over the first 4:30. Four Trojans scored in the quarter, led by Danae Bina with eight of Hillsboro’s final 10 points of the period.
Bina picked up where she left off, nailing a three-pointer to start the second period, and Hillsboro was on its way to a 29-3 lead by halftime. Bina scored 13 of her game-high 18 points in the first two quarters. Fueling Hillsboro’s offense was its defensive pressure, which contributed to 19 Marion turnovers by halftime and limited the Warriors to 1-for-16 shooting.
The Trojans started the third period with a 9-0 run before Kaelyn Thierolf broke the ice with a pair of free throws at the 6:18 mark. Marion scored two more baskets before the third period was over, but the Trojans had the game well in hand by the end of it, 57-9.
With a running clock to start the final quarter, Coach Nathan Hiebert cleared his bench at the 6:15 mark with Hillsboro leading 59-9. Kirsten Hansen hit a pair of three throws at that point to put the Warriors into double digits.
Bina added seven steals, three assists and eight rebounds to her 18 points. Tena Loewen scored 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from both the field and the free-throw line and tied Bina with eight rebounds. Lackey had six rebounds and four assists to go with her 12 points. As a team, the Trojans shot 50 percent from the floor (25-50), with 21 steals on defense contributing to a total of 29 Warrior turnovers.
Marion shot just under 12 percent from the floor (4-34). Hansen led the team with seven points.
With the win, Hillsboro improves to 19-2 for the season and will play Southeast of Saline in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday. Marion ended its season with a 5-16 record.
Earlier in the evening Southeast of Saline defeated Hutch Trinity, 58-46, while on the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Haven (17-4) cruised to a 44-11 win over Sacred Heart and No. 3 Lyons defeated Halstead, 51-44.
Tomorrow night, the No. 3 seeded Trojan boys will begin sub-state play, squaring off against No. 6 Lyons (10-10) for the fourth time this season. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Trojans hold a 2-1 edge in previous matchups this season.