Girls Basketball: With a likely Central Kansas League (CKL) title at stake, the Hillsboro Girls Basketball team beat Nickerson in a close game, 38-34, and then knocked out Larned, 51-20, to win the league title for the season.
Against Nickerson, the Trojans faced off against one of the best players in the state in Ava Jones, and they were able to keep her in check by pressuring the Nickerson guards so it was more difficult to get the ball into Jones in the post.
The pressure resulted in Hillsboro getting 24 turnovers in total. Nickerson led early and at half, 20-16, but Hillsboro got it going in the second half and won the closely contested contest.
“It has been several years since we have won the CKL and I was proud of how the girls competed tonight. Everyone brought value to our team and worked together to get a big win!” Head Coach Nathan Hiebert said.
Zaylee Werth and Jessica Saunders both had eight points to be the leading scorers for the Trojans in the win.
Against Larned, things were close early, 9-7, but an offensive outburst in the second quarter, paired with great defense, gave Hillsboro a 28-10 lead at halftime.
Hillsboro kept the pressure up and won the game going away.
“Larned has struggled this whole year, but this was a very important game, if we won we would officially have the tie break over Nickerson for the CKL title. Larned executed well early and we settled for a lot of mediocre shots. When our shots didn’t fall we started getting frustrated. We then had a great stretch where we pressured their guards resulting in several fast-break buckets.”
Both Teegan Werth and Kinsey Kleiner had 11 points to lead all scorers in the game. Hillsboro’s sub-state game was played after press time and will be reported on next week.
Boys Basketball: It was full steam ahead for the Hillsboro Boys Basketball team who beat Nickerson, 70-40, and Larned, 68-55, last week.
Against Nickerson, the Trojans got down early, 9-8, but put together a masterful second quarter giving them a 27-18 lead at halftime.
Hillsboro earned a three point advantage early in the second half, and then blew the doors off Nickerson in the fourth quarter with 27 points to close the game and get the victory.
“We played really well vs. Nickerson the entire game, but especially the second half. It was great to see such a good performance on senior night,” Head Coach Darrel Knoll said.
Matthew Potucek led the way with 14 points and four rebounds, while Dillion Boldt had one of his best efforts of the season with 13 points, three rebounds, two steals, and an excellent defensive game Knoll said.
Against Larned, there was no problem early as Hillsboro got up 22-14 to start the game. They continued to put up points until they took the foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter and got the win.
“I was happy with how hard we completed vs. Larned. We were in control the entire game,” Knoll said.
Carson Linnens went six of seven from the field to get 15 points and gave Hillsboro a huge lift in the first half.
“It was great to see him shoot so well,” Knoll said.
Grayson Razlaff led the way for Hillsboro with 16 points and six rebounds.
Hillsboro finishes the regular season second in the league with one loss. Their sub-state game concluded after press-time and will be reported on next week.
Wrestling: Senior Jordan Bachman wrapped up one of the most successful careers in Hillsboro High School Wrestling history last weekend with a sixth place finish at the State Championships.
According to his coach, Scott O’Hare, Bachman finished second in career wins as well as career pins, and shattered the record for most career takedowns. He also became the first Trojan wrestler to earn two state wrestling medals in the program’s history, finishing in fourth place his sophomore year. Bachman wrestled in the 145 lb weight class.
Junior Tristan Rathbone, wrestling in the 152 lb weight class, had a tough draw in the first round at State, losing to the eventual champion. He fell in the consolation bracket after having the match tied with ten seconds left. Rathbone did not place.
“It’s hard to express the emotions after a weekend like that,” O’Hare said. “It is hard to be content with his sixth place finish and with Tristan not making it onto the podium. I know both of them had goals of finishing higher and we felt pretty good about their opportunity to do it. There is no shame in how these two performed as they competed well against the best in the state.
Bachman finished the season with a 28-9 record. Rathbone finished at 31-7.
“These two young men have been great competitors and leaders in our program this year,” O’Hare said. “We will miss Jordan and wish him well, and we look forward to having Tristan back to help lead the team next season.”
Canton Galva – Goessel
Boys Basketball: The first round of sub-state is in the books for Canton-Galva and Goessel, with the Bluebirds coming out victories, 69-55.
The game was tied early, 13-13, and Goessel held a small lead at half, 24-23. It was the third quarter where Goessel got the advantage and eventually won the game, outscoring Canton-Galva by 14 points in the quarter.
Goessel’s Skyler Wuest led all scorers with 31 points, while Canton-Galva’s Brayden Collins had 17 points for the Eagles.
Girls Basketball: The game was never close when Centre beat Chase, 52-4 last week. Alyssa Espinoza led Centre with 13 points while Samantha Espinoza had 12 points.