The Hillsboro basketball teams came back from nearly a two-week break to take a couple of 20-point wins from Lyons Friday night in Brown Gymnasium. The Trojans girls opened with a 47-27 win while the boys posted a 63-42 victory.
THE Hillsboro girls struggled all night to find rhythm on offense, but used a defensive effort that forced 38 Lyons turnovers to fuel the 20-point win.
The Trojans led 7-5 after one quarter and only 12-9 with 2:00 left in the first half before finish the half with a 10-2 run for a 22-11 margin at the break. During that pivotal run, Tena Loewen hit a pair of baskets in the paint, one off a steal, and Allie Faul and Callie Serene each hit a three-pointer to give Hillsboro the offensive boost.
In the third quarter, Hillsboro allowed only two points (no field goals) while scoring 11 to push the margin to 33-13 by quarter?s end.
Lyons started the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run, but Hillsboro outscored the Lions 14-7 in the final 4:36 to maintain the 20-point margin.
Hillsboro managed only 26 percent shooting for the night (17-65), but limited the visitors to 25 percent shooting while allowing only half as many shots (8-32).
The improves Hillsboro?s record to 2-1 in the league and 11-3 overall while Lyons dropped to 0-3 and 1-13.
The Trojans took charge from the start and never let Lyons gain a head of steam on the way to the 21-point win. Two three-points by Brett Weinbrenner and a basket by Caleb Hilliard gave HHS an 8-0 lead with 4:53 left in the opening period. By the end of the quarter, the Trojans led 13-6. The lead stayed in that general area through the second quarter on the way to a 23-16 halftime margin.
Hillsboro caught fire in the third quarter, outscoring Lyons 12-0 before Brent Drake scored his team?s first points with 3:39 left in the period. The Trojans carried a 40-23 lead into the final quarter and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Jarod Hamm came off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack with 11 points, including three three-pointers. Caleb Hilliard added a strong performance with 10 points. In all, six Trojans contributed seven points or more to the cause. As a team, the Trojans shot nearly 48 percent (20-42) from the floor, including eight three-pointers, while Lyons shot about 52 percent (16-31) with no three-pointers.
The win bumped Hillsboro?s record to 3-0 in the Central Kansas League and 8-6 overall.