Hillsboro splits games with Smoky Valley on Friday

Hillsboro followed a sweep of Sterling on Thursday night with a split of their games against Smoky Valley on Friday at Lindsborg. The Trojan girls won, 41-39, on a basket at the buzzer by Courtney Weber. Meanwhile, the boys led at halftime, but faded in the second half, dropping a 48-33 decision to the home team in a key Central Kansas League match-up.

GIRLS? GAME

Hillsboro led the Vikings from the first basket of the night, made by Krista Reimer, until Smoky?s Taryn Scott drained a three-point shot with 3:52 left in the final quarter that vaulted the Vikings into the lead for the first time at 33-31.

The Trojans had led 8-4 after one quarter, 16-13 at halftime and 29-26 after three quarters.

Callie Serene followed Scott?s three-pointer 20 seconds later with a three of her own to regain the lead for HHS. But 18 seconds after that, a three by Rachel Norberg put the Vikings ahead again, 36-34. After a free throw bumped the lead to three points, Allie Faul nailed a huge three at the 1:46 mark to tie the game at 37.

The tie remained in tact until Addie Lackey scored on a putback with 36 seconds left in regulation. But Smoky?s 6-foot-1 wide-body, Kimi Linschield, scored her third basket of the quarter to tie the game at 39 with 12 seconds to go.

Hillsboro called a timeout immediately, then drove the length of the floor and found Weber open from about 10 feet out. The junior took the pass and calmly nailed the jumper as the buzzer sounded.

Lackey finished with a team-high 13 points, tying Lindshield for game honors. As a team, Hillsboro shot 38 percent (18-48) from the field while Smoky Valley shot 61 percent (17-28). But the Vikings put up 20 fewer shots, thanks to Hillsboro?s defense, which contributed to 22 Viking turnovers.

The Trojans shot only three free throws the entire game?none in the second half. The Viking made three of 10 attempts.

The win keeps the Trojans in at least a tie for first place in the Central Kansas League at 5-1, while Smoky Valley dropped to 2-3. For the Hillsboro is 14-3 for the season while the Vikings are 5-10.

BOYS? GAME

Hillsboro fell behind 8-0 before Jesse Allen finally broke the ice with a layup at the 4:14 mark of the opening quarter. Smoky Valley, leading the league at 5-0, responded with a basket, but Hillsboro (4-1) pulled to within 12-8 by the end of the period, then took its first lead when Brett Weinbrenner hit a three-pointer with 4:01 left in the second quarter. Ratzlaff followed with a floater in the lane to complete an 8-0 run and give HHS an 18-15 lead.

The score at halftime was 20-17, and the Trojans looked poised to steal a big win.

Smoky Valley slipped back into the lead at 23-22 when Stephen DeWitt scored with 5:48 left in the third quarter. Hillsboro led for the last time when Weinbrenner responded to DeWitt?s score 22 seconds later with a three-pointer to give the Trojans a 25-23 edge.

But that?s when the wheels fell off for HHS. From Wein?brenner?s basket until the 3:19 mark of the fourth quarter, Hillsboro squandered its next 17 possessions into 10 turnovers and 2-for-9 shooting. Meanwhile, Smoky Valley completed a 21-4 run to secure an all but insurmountable 44-29 lead.

Weinbrenner and Ben Beber?meyer led Hillsboro with eight points each. Wayd Thomas took game honors with 15 points for Smoky. For the game, Hillsboro shot 39 percent (14-36) from the floor while the Vikings finished at 50 percent (20-40).

Hillsboro is now 9-8 overall while Smoky improved to 12-3.

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