Both Hillsboro High School basketball teams looked sharp following a week off, sweeping a pair of games at Lyons on Tuesday night (Feb. 3).
In the girls? game, Tiffany Rooker and Dakota Kaufman each scored 13 points to fuel the Trojans past the Lions by a 41-23 margin. HHS led 8-6 after one quarter, but Rooker and Kaufman combined for nine second-quarter points to bump the margin to 20-10 by intermission.
The lead was 28-15 after three quarters and Hillsboro led by as much as 39-17 when Frannie Gottsch completed a traditional three-point play with 4:09 left in the contest.
HHS shot 58 percent (18-31) from the field for the game while holding the Lions to 32 percent (8-25) as the Trojans improved to 7-6 for the year.
Meanwhile, the HHS boys exploded for a 31-8 third quarter to blow open a tight ball game and they went on to cruise to a 78-57 victory over the Lions, who came into the game with an 8-5 record.
HHS got off to an 8-2 lead when Clay Shewey and Daniel Jost hit back-to-back 3-pointers and David Loewen added a put-back only 1:47 into the contest.
But the scrappy Lions closed the margin to 12-11 at the end of the first quarter and led as late as 20-18 with 3:58 left in the half. It took Ben Bebermeyer to drain a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to give HHS its 27-24 halftime lead.
Then came the deluge. Shewey, Jost and Loewen started the second half the same way they started the first one — with two 3-pointers followed by a put-back. But Jost kept on hitting, draining two more 3-pointers followed by a 2-pointer and suddenly Hillsboro led 43-28.
Shewey nailed another 3 and Hillsboro poured it on until the score stood at 58-32 when the third quarter ended.
The Trojans made 12 of 16 shots from the field during the period, including five from behind the arc. Meanwhile, they limited Lyons to 1-for-14 shooting, but the Lions did hit six of eight free-throws.
The final quarter was a shootout, but Lions never mounted a serious run as the Trojans improved to 7-6 for the year.
Jost led five Trojans in double digits with 22 points. Loewen contributed 18, Shewey 14 and Andy Klassen and Bebermeyer 10 each.
HHS made 21 of 32 field-goal attempts (66 percent) in the second half after a 9-for-22 first half (41 percent) for a 56 percent performance for the night.
Meanwhile, Lyons made 20 of 51 (39 percent) for the night.