Hillsboro swept both games with Nickerson Friday night, and looked like very different teams from the ones that battled Sterling three days earlier.
The Trojans girls, who played below their capabilities in a five-point loss to the Black Bears, returned to their blowout style Friday with a 61-16 conquest of an overmatched Panther team.
The Trojan boys, who played like Beauty three days earlier in an impressive 17-point win, were back to their Beastly ways Friday — but managed to win ugly in a 38-30 decision.
GIRLS – As if wanting to make a statement to themselves and their fans, the Trojans started Friday?s contest with the precision of a blitzkrieg assault, scoring 24 points while forcing 10 turnovers on the way to a 24-2 lead at the first-quarter break.
Addie Lackey reeled off 12 points by mid-quarter, then Tena Loewen scored eight straight in the last 2:30 to fuel the Trojan attack.
The fury slowed somewhat in the second quarter, but the Trojans were solidly in control at halftime with a 37-6 lead.
The only question in the second half was how big the final margin might be and whether the Panthers would reach double digits on the scoreboard. A 17-2 performance only heightened the curiosity as the two teams entered the final break with a 54-8 score.
The entire fourth quarter was played with a running clock and Trojan substitutes. The Panthers finally reached 10 points on a basket by Paige Stewart with 6:15 to play.
Lackey finished as the high scorer with 17 points on 8-for-14 shooting as Hillsboro improved to 2-0 in the Central Kansas League and 9-1 overall. Loewen add 15 points and Danae Bina 11. Nickerson, who committed 27 turnovers for the game compared to seven for Hillsboro, dropped to 0-2 and 0-8.
BOYS – The Trojans followed their highest-scoring victory of the season on Tuesday with their lowest-scoring victory of the season on Friday. But the key word here is ?victory,? and the Trojans improved to 6-4 for the season and 2-0 in the CKL with their third win in a row.
Hillsboro struggled on the offensive end from the start, shooting only 27 percent (4-15) from the floor in the opening quarter. Fortunately, their defense was up to the task and helped forge an 11-6 edge at the end of the first quarter by limiting the Panthers to 2-for-11 shooting (18 percent).
By halftime the score stood at 17-14, with both teams looking for traction. It only worsened at the start of the third quarter as neither team managed points until Micah Allen scored in the paint on an assist from Josh Wiebe at the 4:19 mark. Wiebe added two baskets of his own and Tyler Proffitt scored one, too, as Hillsboro bumped the lead to 25-19 at the final break.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as the two teams basically traded points and turnovers.
The one bright light on offense was Wiebe, who finished with a season-high 16 points after matching his previous season-high three days earlier with 14 points. Wiebe also led the team in assists with three and rebounds with seven. Shaq Thiessen add 10 points and five rebounds. Key to Hillsboro’s win was a 32-19 edge on the boards.
COMING – The Trojans will begin play at the Trojan Classic on Tuesday. The fifth-seeded Hillsboro boys will open play at 6:30 p.m. against fourth-seeded Republic County (6-2). The Trojan girls, seeded No. 1, will eighth-seeded Thomas More Prep (1-6) at 8 p.m.