The Hillsboro basketball teams ended their regular-season schedule the they began — with a pair of lopsided losses to Wichita Collegiate on Tuesday night. This time the games were played in Brown Gymnasium.
The girls dropped a 47-27 decision while the boys lost 68-34.
The girls? game, which was set up as a showdown for the league title with two teams squaring off with 10-0 records never really became that as the Spartans, forcing 12 HHS turnovers built a relatively modest 9-2 lead after one quarter but seemed squarely in control. The lead inched to 21-11 by halftime.
Then it turned into the Ashia Woods show in the third quarter as the Spartan standout took over by scoring Collegiate?s first 11 points through the opening 3:45 of the period. That made the score 32-15 never made a serious charge the rest of the way.
Woods finished with 32 points and seven steals for the Spartans, who improved to 19-1 overall on their way to a spotless campaign in the final season of the Mid-Central Activities Association.
Dakota Kaufman paced HHS with 14 points as the Trojans dropped to 10-1 in the league and 15-5 for the season.
Hillsboro committed a season-high 33 turnovers.
While the Hillsboro girls? game was surprisingly lopsided, the boys game was surprisingly close — at least through the first half. HHS actually staked an 8-3 lead through the first 3:24 of the game. The game was still tied, 11-11 in the final seconds of the first quarter when Kevin Richardson shot a 3-pointer to gave the Spartans the lead at the break.
The Spartans built a slow 8-2 surge through the second period to expand the lead to 22-13. The score at halftime was 26-17. The game unwound in the third quarter. With the score 32-22, the Spartans launched a 10-0 run on the strength of baskets off turnovers. By the end of the quarter the Collegiate had inflated the lead to 52-30. The continuous clock kicked in with just under six minutes to go.
The Spartans got points from 12 players with Blake Jablonski leading the pack with 14 and Bryce Cornejo adding 10. No one broke double digits for HHS, but Jarod Hamm came off the bench to score eight points in the second half to talk game-high honors.
The loss improved Collegiate?s record to 19-1 overall and 10-0 in the league. The Trojan boys completed their regular season and their MCAA legacy with a 2-18 mark overall and an 0-10 league record.
(Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff)