Hillsboro hit state-ranked Kingman with an outstanding first quarter, but faded as the game progressed and lost to the No. 3 ranked team in Class 3A, 58-19, Friday at Brown Gymnasium.
It may have been the Trojans’ best first quarter against a quality opponent. The Trojans rallied from a 16-8 deficit to pull within 19-15 by the end of it, thanks to a two-point basket by Paige Proffitt, a three-pointer by Rebecca Kaufman and a two-point basket from Mesa Merrell in the final 1:52.
“The girls came ready, they had some energy, I was pleased with their character,” coach Nathan Hiebert said. “We executed, we were sharp. Defensively we had some bounce in our step. We just have to see that consistently.”
It was not to be. The Trojans struggled with turnovers against the Eagles’ pressure and managed only four points during the final three quarters.
By halftime, the Eagles were in command at 39-17, thanks to 10 Trojan turnovers and 1-for-7 shooting during the second quarter.
Proffitt scored Hillsboro’s final points of the game 31 seconds into the third quarter on fast-break layup.
With Kingman leading 54-19 by the end of the quarter, the rest of the game was played with a running clock.
Five Trojans scored, led by Merrell with seven points. The team shot 8-for-23 (35 percent) from the floor, but 32 turnovers limited the Trojans to 23 shot attempts. They missed all five free throws they shot.
Kingman, meanwhile, was led by Bailey Bangert’s 25 points with 14 more coming from Shyann Jackson.
With the loss, Hillsboro falls to 5-12 and 0-7 in the league while Kingman improves to 14-2 and 6-0.
Lyons—Hillsboro hosted the Lions Tuesday with a realistic hope of repeating an early-season victory and securing their first win in the Central Kansas League.
When the smoke cleared, the Trojans were still seeking that first win following a 56-47 loss in double overtime.
The energy level for both teams was high, but points were hard to come by in the early going. Lyons took a quick lead when freshman Bailey Hollinger nailed a three-pointer 12 seconds after tip-off. Paige Proffitt responded 20 seconds later with a basket for Hillsboro, setting the tone.
Lyons led 10-7 after one quarter, but Hillsboro pulled into a 12-12 tie at the 5:04 mark of the second quarter on a free throw by Trinity Malm. But the Trojans managed only four more points the rest of the quarter, enabling the Lions to build a 21-16 lead by halftime. During the third quarter, Hillsboro shaved two points off Lyons’ lead with a 28-25 score.
After Sienna Kaufman scored two points to start the fourth quarter, Lyons’ lead never exceeded two points after that. Regulation ended at 36-36.
With only 22 seconds left in the first overtime, Lyons led 43-39. But Rebecca Kaufman and Abby Sechrist each canned one of two free-throw attempts and Mesa Merrell scored a basket with three seconds left to send the game into a second overtime tied at 43.
At that point, the Trojans began to fade…and foul. Lyons scored 13 points in the 4-minute overtime—all but two coming at the free-throw line, where they made 11 of 16 opportunities.
Merrell scored 15 points to lead the Trojans. As a team, Hillsboro shot 28 percent (16-57) from the floor and made 12 of 22 free throws.