Last-second shot lifts HHS girls over Remington in sub-state opener

Allie Faul?s 3-point basket in the final seconds allowed the Hillsboro girls to escape with a 45-42 win over Remington Tuesday night in the first round of sub-state play.

The game was a work of art for the Trojans?as in ?A Tale of Two Cities? or even ?Beauty and the Beast.? The first half was the beautiful part, as the Trojans canned their first 10 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by Faul.

When Faul hit her third trey of the game at the 5:20 mark of the second period, Hillsboro led 27-17 and looked to be world beaters.

Remington rallied with a 7-0 run and the half ended with the Trojans leading 33-25. Dakota Kaufman scored 16 points and Faul 11 by intermission and the Trojans, as a team, made 14 of 17 shots.

The second half was a different story altogether. Kaufman scored a basket eight seconds in to push the lead back to 10. But Remington?s pressure turned effective, contributing to nine Trojan turnovers that enabled the Broncos to narrow the lead to 39-33 at the final break.

Remington momentum continued to build into the fourth quarter as the Broncos tied the score at 39 with 4:38 to play and then again at 42 when Quin Tillotson made one of two free throws with 40.5 seconds left. Hillsboro passed the ball until Faul launched her winning shot for the victory.

Kaufman finished with 20 points and Faul 14 as the Trojans improved to 12-9 and, more importantly, advanced to the semifinals in Marion on Thursday.

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