Hillsboro teams roll to comfortable wins in first round of Moundridge Pre-season Classic

Addie Lackey drives the lane on her way to 18 points?The Hillsboro basketball teams started the 2013-14 season on a strong note Tuesday with a couple of double-digit wins over Lyons in the first of three round-robin games at the Moundridge Pre-season Basketball Classic.

The girls pulled away in the fourth quarter to claim a 50-30 victory while the boys delivered a knockout punch early, then cruised to a 59-44 win.

GIRLS — Displaying stretches of both smooth and bumpy basketball, Hillsboro allowed the Lions stay within reach for three quarters of the contest. Darcy Heinrichs hit two baskets in the first minute of the game to give the Trojans a lead it would never relinquish.

After a 12-8 first period, Addie Lackey, Danae Bina and Alex Ratzlaff combined for all 13 of Hillsboro?s points on the way to a 25-17 lead at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the bumpiest stretch for the Trojans. A string of four consecutive possessions ended with turnovers, enabling the Lions to narrow Hillsboro?s lead from 27-19 to 27-25 with just over 3 minutes left in the period. Ratz?laff responded with a two-point and three-point basket, then Bina nailed a 15-foot jumper to boost the margin to 34-26 as the quarter ended.

Fortunately, the Trojans saved their best for last. With the score 36-28, Hillsboro went on a 14-2 run to the finish line, salting away their first victory. Lackey and Ratzlaff each kicked in seven points during the run.

The two Trojans also tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points. Bina added eight. Hillsboro?s defense contributed to 22 Lyons turnovers.

Brett Weinbrenner goes airborne for two of his game-high 19 points against Lyons.?BOYS — A 19-7 first quarter set the tone for the Trojan victory. Christian Ratzlaff, who missed all of last season with a knee disability, fired in a three-pointer just 14 seconds into the contest. The senior would hit three more shots from behind the arc before the end of the first half. As a team, the Trojans hit 12 during the game.

Hillsboro never allowed Lyons to make a serious run after that first period, building the lead to 35-16 by halftime. Brett Weinbrenner had 14 points to his credit by intermission, including two three-pointers.

In the third quarter, Micah Allen inherited the hot hand, nailing back-to-back threes only 18 seconds apart and 1:02 into the quarter. The junior popped a third one 4 minutes later to give him nine points for the quarter and 14 points for the game. When Weinbrenner hit a three at the buzzer to end the quarter, Hills?boro enjoyed its biggest lead at 52-25.

On the defensive end, Hillsboro limited the Lions? star player, Ryan McClure, to only nine points through three quarters. The senior nailed two three-pointers in the final 18 seconds of the game to finish with 16 points.

Weinbrenner led all scorers with 19 points. Ratzlaff finished with 15 points — on five three-point baskets.

NEXT — The Trojans will take on Inman in the early games of the tournament on Thursday. The girls will tip off at 4 p.m. and the boys around 5:30.

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