GIRLS BASKETBALL—It was a good week for the Hillsboro girls basketball team, who got two big wins over Marion, 47-12, and Lyons, 56-18.
Against Marion, the Trojans got out early with a 13-1 lead and played great defense, holding Marion to just eight points in the first half.
“We did a great job defensively; we pressured the ball well, sped them up, and didn’t allow them to get comfortable,” head coach Nathan Hiebert said. “We talk often about the importance of winning the rebounding battle; we have been able to do that in most games, which has been an improvement from last year. I was also proud of the girls because we tried some different defensive strategie,s and we grew a lot during the game while doing those.”
Teegan Werth led the way with 15 points and three rebounds. Ten girls scored in the game.
Against Lyons, another outstanding defensive effort gave Hillsboro the edge. They got out to a quick 17-8 lead early and then proceeded to hold Lyons to five combined points in the second and third quarters. They forced 20 turnovers and held Lyons to just 14 percent from the floor.
“Offensively, Teegan led the way again. She lead our team with 17, then we had eight other girls with four to six points. It is great to see such a great wide range of girls scoring; this means that we are moving the ball well and having multiple ways to score, both inside and out,” Hiebert said. “Our girls showed a lot more patience on offense, and it resulted in a lot better shot selection—resulting in more scoring. When we move the ball and execute well, our girls do really well.”
BOYS BASKETBALL—There were three games on the docket, and the Hillsboro boys basketball team put “W’s” next to each one last week. The Trojans beat Hutchinson Trinity-Catholic, 44-36, then Halstead, 69-23, and then Remington, 59-32.
Against Trinity, Hillsboro was down early, 11-10, but regained the lead and went into halftime with a 20-17 lead. A nice defensive effort in the fourth quarter held Trinity to just seven points, giving Hillsboro the ending margin.
“This game was an excellent road win against a really good team.We didn’t shoot well, but we played great defense as we ground out the win,” head coach Darrell Knoll said.
Grayson Ratzlaff led the way with 16 points for the Trojans.
Against Halstead, the Trojans got out fast and stayed in front. They ran up a 23-6 run in the first quarter and never gave up more than six points in a quarter the rest of the game.
Matthew Potucek led all scorers with 13 points, while Dillon Boldt chipped in 11 points for the game.
“I loved our team intensity versus Halstead. We took Halstead out of everything they wanted to do on both ends of the court,” Knoll said. “I thought Dillon had a really good game shooting the basketball. Matt did a great job with five boards, four steals, and 6-8 shooting.”
Finally, against Remington, Hillsboro’s defense was again the reason for the victory. They got up 16-10 in the first quarter, but then never gave up more than nine points in a quarter the rest of the game.