Hillsboro teams split with Pratt in league opener

HHSgbPrattCallie238  HHSgbPrattAddie232  HHSgbPrattTena239  Hillsboro teams made the long trek to Pratt Friday night for their first Central Kansas League basketball games, facing two title-contending teams. The Hillsboro girls prevailed in a back-and-forth contest, 48-37, to remain undefeated for the season at 8-0. Meanwhile, the Pratt boys (6-0) kept their undefeated season alive by clipping the Trojan boys 55-35.

GIRLS — In their showdown with the defending league champions, the Trojans trailed after one quarter 8-5 and then by as much as 12-5 after the first 1:30 of the second period, thanks to 2-for-14 shooting from the field.

But Addie Lackey?s three-pointer from the wing at the 6:15 mark ignited a 17-2 run that carried HHS to a 22-14 lead at intermission. Five Trojans contributed points during the surge.

Hillsboro established dominance with an 11-2 start to the third quarter as the Trojans hit five of six shots while forcing five Pratt turnovers and holding the Greenbacks to 1-for-7 shooting through the first 5:30. By the end of the period, HHS?led 39-20. Callie Serene scored seven of her team-high 15 points during the period as the Trojans shot 8-for-12 from the floor.

But the momentum swung one more time during the fourth period. Hillsboro turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions. On the other end of the court, Pratt?s 6-foot-2 Aubrey Hoover turned white hot, scoring 15 points — most of it on jump shots around the perimeter — through the first five minutes of the period. Pratt suddenly was within seven points of Hillsboro with 3:00 to go.

Following Hillsboro?s second timeout of the quarter, Serene scored on a great assist from Stephanie Sanders. After Pratt then missed three shots on its end of the floor, Courtney Weber contributed her first points of the night when Lackey found her wide open on an inbounds play.

In the final 47 seconds of the game, Hillsboro missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities at the free-throw line. But in the end it didn?t really matter as the Trojans shut out the Greenbacks over the final 1:18 for the 48-37 win.

Complementing Serene?s scoring production was Tena Loewen, who finished with 13 points to pace the Trojans, who are tied with Riley County for the No. 1 spot in Class 3A, according to the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.

BOYS — A poor first half doomed any hope the Trojans had of knocking off the undefeated Greenbacks, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A.

Christian Ratzlaff got things off to a good start for Hillsboro when he drained a three-pointer 33 seconds into the game to give the Trojans their first and only lead of the night at 3-2. But Hillsboro missed its next nine shots while Pratt?s inside-outside combination of guard Micah Swank and 6-foot-5 post Payson Maydew combined for 11 point to fuel Pratt?s 16-5 lead at the first break.

The duo combined for five more points in the second period as Pratt pushed the lead to 28-8 by intermission. Hillsboro, with poor discipline on the offensive end, made only four of 21 shots in the first two quarters.

Pratt expanded the lead to 38-13 in the third quarter when Swank nailed a three-pointer from the wing at the 5:49 mark. Less than two minutes later, the Greenbacks enjoyed their biggest lead at 42-15. Hillsboro trimmed the lead to 46-24 by the end of the period.

The Trojans never made a serious run at Pratt in the final period, but eventually earned a break-even half by getting the lead back to 20 by the end of the game thanks to a 7-0 run in the final 2:46.

Shaq Thiessen was the closest Trojan to reach double figures with seven points. With the loss, HHS?drops to 5-3 for the season and 0-1 in the CKL while Pratt improved to 6-0 and 2-0.

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