For the third time this season, Hillsboro swept a pair of basketball games from Lyons. The Trojan girls, playing their first game without floor leader Tena Loewen, still dominated the home team with a 59-34 victory while the boys rolled to their seventh straight win with an impressive 58-45 decision.
GIRLS — With three players scoring in double figures, the Trojans started strong and never slacked off against the Lions.
With six different players contributing a basket, Hillsboro a established a 12-8 lead after one quarter. Sophomore Addie Lackey stepped up with seven consecutive points for HHS over the final 3:52 of the second quarter to help the Trojans expand the lead to 25-13 by halftime. Hillsboro forced nine turnovers and limited Lyons to 6-for-22 shooting during the first two quarters.
The Trojans turned up their defense one more notch in the third period, allowing only one basket in nine shots. Meanwhile, five Trojans combined for seven baskets as the lead grew to 40-20 by the end of the frame.
Even with liberal substituting in the fourth quarter, Hillsboro finished with a 19-14 edge for the period and a 25-point bulge for the game.
For the night, Hillsboro shot 50 percent from the floor (24-48) while holding Lyons to 22 percent accuracy (9-41). The home team may have struggled from the field, but the Lions did make 15 of 23 free throws.
Lackey finished with a team-high 15 points, with several baskets coming on nice drives to the hole. But lackey got some good support on offense with 13 points off the bench from Maci Schlehuber and 11 points from sophomore starter Danae Bina.
The win bumped Hillsboro?s record to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in league play. Lyons dropped to 2-2 and 7-8.
BOYS — Hillsboro came out of the gate like it was 100-yard dash, making its first five shots on the way to establishing a 11-2 lead in the first 2:26 of the contest. The Trojans finished the first quarter with 8-for-13 shooting and an 18-10 lead.
With the running game in high gear, Hillsboro used a 10-2 surge over the final 3:00 to inflate the lead to 36-19 by halftime. Shaq Thiessen, making his first start of the season, and Brett Weinbrenner each scored 13 points by the break. As a team, the Trojans shot 60 percent (15-25) from the field, helped by numerous fast-break layups set up with some outstanding assists.
Hillsboro continued to push the lead in the third quarter, starting the period with an 8-2 surge through the first 3:23. The Trojans sputtered offensively the rest of the quarter, but still enjoyed a 50-26 lead when it was over.
With substitutes coming in and out of the lineup, Hillsboro?s uneven play continued into the final quarter — and spread to both ends of the court as Lyons earned some consolation by narrowing the gap from as many 25 points early in the final period to the 13-point margin at the end with a 19-8 advantage.
Thiessen?s speed and quickness was the offensive catalyst for Hillsboro; the junior finished with a career-high 23 points. Weinbrenner?s 13 first-half points were enough to make him the team?s second-leading scorer. Senior Brandon Rooker also had a career night, contributing nine points to the cause.
With seven straight wins, Hillsboro is now 12-3 for the season and 3-1 in the Central Kansas League. Lyons dropped to 1-14 and 0-4.