HHS girls fall to Haven, Hoisington

Abby Sechrist is fouled by Haven’s Delaney Sipe of Haven as the Trojan junior drives the lane during the first quarter of Friday’s game. The Wildcats posted a 37-22 win behind 23 points by Emmiley Hendrixson, including seven three-point baskets.Hillsboro found itself in a deep crater following an explosive barrage of five three-point baskets in the opening quarter by Haven’s Emmiley Hendrixson. The Trojans never recovered, falling to the home team, 37-22, for their fourth consecutive loss.

By the time the first quarter ended, Hills­boro was facing an 18-4 deficit, thanks to the impressive outburst by Hendrixson. The Trojans, meanwhile, made only one of seven shots from the field during the same period.

In the second quarter, Hendrixson added five more points, including a sixth three-point basket. Even so, Hillsboro outscored the Wildcats by one point for a halftime score of 27-14.

Haven scored the first two baskets of the third quarter for a 17-point cushion, but the Trojans outscored the home team 6-2 the rest of the quarter and found themselves still facing a 13-point deficit when the quarter ended at 33-20.

Hillsboro failed to make a field goal in the fourth quarter, but Haven managed only one—a seventh three-point basket by Hendrixson, of course—and the Wildcats enjoyed their 15-point victory.

Eight Trojans scored in the game, but no one player scored more than four points. With the loss, the Trojans drop to 3-7 overall and 0-4 in the league. Hillsboro shot 17 percent from the floor (6-35) while Haven shot 27 percent (13-47). Hendrixson finished with 23 points for the game.

“If you ask our girls what our scouting report said—we had better make sure where (Hendrixson) is at on the court,” coach Nathan Hiebert said. “Several times she was standing wide open. That was about our rotation and our communication.”

Hiebert said his team did a better job of defending and getting to the free-throw line as the game progressed.
“This is one of the first games we got into the one-and-one and part of that was being a little more aggressive.

“But we’re digging ourselves a hole, and we can’t do that. We’ve got to be climbing instead of digging to start things off.”

Hoisington—A momentary defensive lapse late in the third quarter was the turning point in Hillsboro’s 29-25 loss Tues­day at Hoi­sing­ton.

The Trojans were slow to score against the Cardinals. Mesa Merrell’s bucket broke the ice with 4:43 left in the opening quarter. Rebecca Kaufman added a basket at the 1:01 mark, but Hillsboro trailed 8-4 as the quarter ended.

Hills­boro’s alternating defenses frustrated Hoising­ton during the second quarter as the Cardinals missed all six shots they took.

That was enough for the Trojans to sneak into the lead for the first time at 9-7 when Sienna Kauf­man scored at the 2:38 mark. After Paige Proffitt added a basket in the final second, the Tro­jans went into halftime leading 11-10.

Hillsboro appeared to take charge on the strength of its defense that kept Hoi­sing­ton’s two long-range bomb­ers, Emma Harmon and Katherine Warnken, off stride.

But with Hillsboro leading 18-15 with 1:45 left in the quarter, the defense backed off just enough to surrender three three-point baskets in the span of 57 seconds—two by Harmon and one by Warn­­ken. The barrage put the Cardinals ahead 23-19 as the quarter ended.

“It got to the point where we stopped working together,” coach Nathan Hie­bert said of the lapse. “(Har­mon) has been one of their top shooters for the past three years, then all of a sudden we just let her shoot.

“I felt like we did a good job defensively almost all night, and then we had one minute that just killed us.”

Hillsboro managed to tie the game in the final quarter when Sienna Kaufman scored off a steal at the 5:08 mark. But the Trojans turned the ball over on their next four possessions, leading to four more points for Hoisington.

Trailing 27-23, Rebecca Kaufman nailed a 15-footer with 1:43 to go, but those were the last points Hills­boro would score.

Hoisington made two of five free throws during the final 36 seconds for the final margin while the Trojans missed three three-point shots over the same span.

Sienna Kaufman led the Trojans with seven points. Proffitt, starting in place of the injured Callie Linnens at post, scored six points for Hillsboro. Merrell also scored six.

Coming—Hillsboro will be seeded sixth when the 23nd annual Trojan Classic basketball tournament tips off this week.

The Trojans (3-5 at the time of seeding) will open against No. 3 Hesston (6-2) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. If Hillsboro wins, the Trojans will take on the winner of No. 2 Riley County (6-1) and No. 7 Ben­nington (1-6) at 6 p.m. Friday in Brown Gym­nasium.

If the Trojans lose to Hesston, they will play the loser of the Riley County-Bennington game at 6 p.m. in the Tabor College gymnasium.

Saturday’s final games begin at 11:30 a.m. for the girls, with match-ups determined by the results of the first two rounds.

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