Hillsboro sweeps Round 2 games at Moundridge Classic

The Hillsboro basketball teams managed a second sweep in two outings at the Moundridge Pre-season Classic on Thursday by defeating Inman in both contests. The girls? game was a 40-point blowout, 62-42, while the boys held off a late surge by the Teutons to nail down a 61-52 victory.

Alex Ratzlaff drives the baseline against Inman in the second round of the Moundridge Classic. The sophomore scored 21 points to lead the Trojans to an easy 62-42 victory.?GIRLS — Inman built a 6-3 lead over the first 2:30 of the game before the Trojans finally developed a head of steam. With 4:40 left in the first quarter, Alex Ratzlaff lit up the Teutons for six points, Addie Lackey added three and Danae Bina two as Hillsboro finished the quarter with a 15-2 run.

After Ratzlaff hit the first two baskets of the second quarter, Allison Weber drained a three-pointer and suddenly Hillsboro was on top 25-8 only 2 minutes into the period. Ratzlaff?s three in the final seconds of the first half sent the Trojans to the locker room with a 35-14 cushion — even with Lackey and Bina sitting on the bench with three fouls each.

In the end the foul situation didn?t matter. The Trojans rolled through the third quarter on the way to a 58-20 lead at the final break. Coach Nathan Hiebert cleared his bench as the fourth quarter started, and with a running clock, the Trojan reserves outscored Inman 4-2 for the final 40-point spread.

Ratzlaff had her second huge offensive outing, finishing (unofficially) with a game-high 21 points. Lackey added 16 and Bina 11 as the Trojans improved to 2-0.

Christian Ratzlaff finds an open path to the basket during the Trojans' 61-52 win over Inman Thursday at Moundridge Classic. Ratzlaff led HHS with 18 points, Jordan Faul added 17 and Brett Weinbrenner 16 to help the Trojans improve to 2-0 for the year.?BOYS — As opposed to their hot start against Lyons on Tuesday, the Trojans started slowly against Inman. Five minutes into the game, Hillsboro finally got on the board with a three-pointer by Micah Allen — which actually tied the game, thanks to the Trojans? defense.

With the lid off the basket, Christian Ratzlaff followed Allen?s shot 24 seconds later with two threes of his own over a span of 30 seconds, and it was game on. When Ratzlaff added a third three with 1 minute to go, Hillsboro took a 12-7 lead into the first break.

The two teams more or less traded points through the second quarter. But consecutive threes by Jordan Faul put the Trojans ahead 23-13 before settling for a 23-16 halftime lead.

The two teams played to a virtual standoff in the third quarter. With Hillsboro holding a 39-33 lead as the final period began, the scrappy Teutons climbed to within 46-44 with 3:37 to play. But momentum turned the Trojans? way about a minute later when Brett Weinbren?ner pirouetted through the lane to score and pick up the bonus foul. The senior sank the free throw to bump the lead back to five points.

After Inman hit a free throw, Faul continued his timely shooting, draining another three with 2:17 left. Inman countered with a two, but Allen stepped a for big three-pointer with 1:46 left that proved to be the proverbial dagger in the heart.

Despite making only four of eight free throws down the stretch, the Trojans ended with the nine-point win.

Ratzlaff was the game-high scorer with 18 points, Faul finished right behind him with 17. Weinbrenner?s 16 points rounded out the double-digit scoring for the 2-0 Trojans.

NEXT — Hillsboro will match up Friday night against the home team in what should be two very competitive games for the Classic tittle. The girls are schedule to tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30.

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