Hillsboro showed up ready to play Friday when they took on Hesston for a rematch after a 19-point loss to the Swathers during the Trojan Classic.
The Trojans battled the Swathers to a draw through three quarters before fading in the final minutes in a 54-44 loss. Hillsboro?s record slipped to 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the league while Hesston improved to 14-5 and 8-2.
Facing a 10-3 deficit 5 minute into the game, the Trojans suddenly got hot. Tassanee Sanchez hit one three-pointer and Alex Ratzlaff hit two more, all in the span of 68 seconds, to grab a 12-10 lead. Mesa Merrell added a third three in the final seconds to give Hillsboro a 17-14 advantage at the first break.
Sanchez started the second quarter with a layup and then a traditional three-point play at the 6:26 mark to give Hillsboro its biggest lead at 22-16. But Hesston went on a 16-3 run for a 32-25 lead at intermission.
But Hillsboro wasn?t through. The Trojans outscored the home team 10-6 in the third quarter to pull within 38-35 as the quarter ended. Hillsboro was still within range after a free throw by Ratzlaff pulled the Trojans to within 44-40 with 3:46 left to play.
But Hillsboro struggled from that point. Hesston ended the contest with a 10-4 surge to secure the win.
?I was extremely pleased,? Hiebert said of his team. ?We won two quarters, they won two quarters. Our game plan was that we can?t turn it over and we can?t afford to have a lot of quick shots that don?t go in. Those two quarters we got beat, we turned it over and we had quick shots that didn?t go in.?
Hiebert said Hess?ton?s transition game was the difference in the outcome.
?Our half-court defense really frustrated Hesston?I was excited about that,? he added. ?Offensively, we found some open girls, made good passes, took good shots. There was a lot of energy, and I really liked that.
Ratzlaff led the Trojans with 17 points and Sanchez added 12.
Haven?Sub-par shooting prevented Hillsboro from challenging a solid Haven team Tuesday at Brown Gymna?sium. The Trojans shot 26 percent from the floor in a 50-32 loss.
Hillsboro scored only one basket on 10 shots in the first quarter, setting the tone for the evening. Haven led 9-4 as the quarter ended.
In the first three minutes of the second quarter, the Trojans got three-point baskets from Alex Ratzlaff, Marah Franz and Mesa Merrell to pull within 16-13.
But the Trojans managed only one more basket the final 5:04 and trailed 26-15 at intermission on 5-for-21 shooting for the half.
Hillsboro?s dry spell continued into the third quarter. The Trojans didn?t score again until Callie Linnens banked in a basket off an inbounds pass at the 4:33 mark?a span of 7:17 since the team?s previous points. By then, Haven led 34-17. The Wildcats bumped the margin to 38-21 as the quarter ended.
The two teams played to a standoff in the final quarter as Haven finished with an 18-point victory.
The Trojans? primary scorers, Tassanee Sanchez and Alex Ratzlaff, managed only eight and five points, respectively, and combined for 4-for-22 shooting from the field.
Hiebert said the Wildcats? defense contributed to that.
?They are a very physical team, and we tend to force shots and show less patience against physical teams,? he said. ?There were times, though, that we didn?t show the composure we needed to execute.?
Katelyn Stucky led Haven with 19 points, with Mary Wagler adding 12 and Emmiley Hendrixson 11. As a team, the Wildcats (13-4) shot 43 percent for the game.
Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to complete the regular season at Sterling. The Black Bears (18-1, 10-0) are ranked second in Class 3A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
Sub-state seedings will be released Wednesday. Check the Free Press website.for details.