Hillsboro basketball teams made the last of their long sojourns west Friday to take on the Kingman Eagles. A shorthanded Trojan girls? team suffered a 61-42 loss, but the Trojan boys claimed a 53-38 win in another physical test. With the loss, the girls? record is 10-7 overall and 5-3 in the league while the boys improved to 13-4 fand 6-2.
GIRLS — Hillsboro would have had its hands full against Kingman even with a healthy Alex Ratzlaff in the lineup. But with their team leader absent, the Trojans simply did not have enough talent to keep up with the Eagles, who came into the game with an 11-5 record overall and 6-1 in the league.
The home team jumped to a 6-0 lead before Abby Sechrist put Hillsboro on the board with a basket in the paint at the 5:09 mark. The Trojans closed the gap to 10-8 when Sienna Kaufman scored with 2:50 left, but a 9-4 burst gave the Eagles a 19-12 edge at the first break.
Kingman pushed its lead to 25-14 in the first 2:22 of the second quarter and led 37-23 at intermission. Hillsboro managed only 2-for-6 shooting for the quarter but hung in on the strength of 7-for-10 free-throw shooting.
Hillsboro pulled to within 11 points at 43-32 with 2:30 left in the third quarter, but the Eagles ended the quarter with a 7-0 burst that boosted their lead to 50-32.
Hillsboro continued to compete but simply could not reel the Eagles in during the final quarter. Seven Trojans contributed points in the contest, led by Tassa?nee Sanchez with 17. King?man?s Bailey Bangert led all scorers with 26 points, including 5-for-7 success from behind the arc. Overall, both teams shot right at 33 percent from the floor.
BOYS — Even though the Kingman came into the game with modest 1-15 season record, the Trojans had their hands full at the start. Darian Ratzlaff hit back-to-back threes in the first 2:31 for a 6-0 lead, but a physical and hustling Eagle squad pulled to within 13-12 by the time the first quarter ended.
The Trojans slowly expanded the margin during the second quarter until it peaked at 28-14 when Wes Shaw hit a 10-foot jumper with 25.2 seconds left in the half. Elias Werth tossed in seven points during the quarter. Defensively, Hills?boro limited Kingman to 1-for-15 shooting from the floor.
Kingman scored five unanswered points in the first 36 seconds of the third quarter to pull within eight points, but Hillsboro used grit and hustle to expand the margin to 39-23 by the final break.
The outcome was all but certain as the fourth quarter started, but midway through the period, Austin Cross scored all eight points during an 8-2 run — including a dunk at the 4:41 mark — to put the Trojans comfortably ahead, 50-31, with 3:03 to play.
Cross finished as the game?s high scorer with 18 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Ratzlaff added 13 points and Werth 10. Hillsboro shot 39 percent from the floor (15-38) and made 19 of 23 free throws for the game (83 percent). Logan Adelhart and Will Carson each scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 31 percent from the floor (17-54) as a team and made three of only eight free-throw attempts.