HHS girls roll against Smoky Valley



The Hillsboro girls returned to form Friday after a sluggish Tuesday loss, beating Smoky Valley at Brown Gymna?sium, 57-32.

With leadership on offense provided by Krista Reimer and Addie Lackey, the Trojans made an easy run to victory and a 15-2 season record.

?We had a lot more energy tonight,? coach Nathan Hiebert said. ?When you start having more energy, people move a little better, you see each other, you?re running more aggressively to get things. They did a nice job with that.?

Hillsboro led 11-5 after one quarter, but expanded the lead to 29-14 by halftime. Reimer and Lackey each accounted for eight points while Callie Serene added six to pace the Trojans.

Smoky Valley scored the first bucket of the third quarter, but Hillsboro went on a 12-4 run over the next five minutes to push the margin to 41-20 with 2:46 left in the period.

Hillsboro started the fourth quarter with a 43-24 lead, then reeled off the first six points for a 25-point margin. The two teams traded points down the stretch as Hillsboro substituted deeply over the final 2:15.

Reimer made nine of 16 shots from the floor for her most productive game of the season. Lackey was 7-for-13 from the floor. They shared team honors in rebounding with five each.

With leadership on offense provided by Krista Reimer and Addie Lackey, the Trojans made an easy run to victory and a 15-2 season record.

?Krista did a great job on Kimi (Lindshield, 6-foot-1) early on and made it hard for her to get some easy looks,? Hiebert said. ?Addie got a couple steals and did some good things.

?We had a lot more focus on defensive intensity, which really helps (on the offensive end). We got some easy buckets and it was fun to watch them working together in the third quarter especially.?

Hillsboro forced 22 Viking turnovers while committing only 12.

With the win, the Trojans remain atop the Central Kansas League lead at 5-1. Smoky Valley dropped to 3-3 and 7-10.

Sterling?For coach Nathan Hiebert, Hillsboro?s 53-51 loss to Sterling last Tuesday could be summed up in a single moment.

With 13.3 seconds left in the game and Hillsboro trailing 53-49, Sterling?s Taylor Ahnert missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw situation, got her own rebound and was quickly fouled again. She failed to convert that one-and-one, too, but for Hiebert the takeaway was bigger than its immediate consequence.

?She shoots, we don?t box her out, she gets the rebound, we have to foul her again,? he said. ?We just weren?t disciplined to do the little things like we were supposed to.?

Hillsboro started well against the Black Bears, a team the Trojans beat by 25 points back in December but came into the game with a 12-3 season record.

The Trojans jumped to a 10-2 lead and led 14-9 at the end of one quarte, but Hiebert said the tide was already starting to turn against his team.

?We played the first four or five minutes really well, but then for the rest of the first quarter, the second quarter, the third quarter and half of the fourth, we just played with no intensity, no focus and no execution,? he said.

A 7-7 standoff in the second period enabled the Trojans to hold on to their five-point lead at halftime, 21-16. But the game turned with poor starts to both third and fourth quarters.

In the third quarter, the Trojans committed six turn?overs and missed their only two shots before Krista Reimer scored on a putback with 4:07 left to end a 10-0 Sterling scoring run that put Sterling on top, 26-23.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Callie Serene at 1:23 and 0:29 gave the Trojans one last brief lead before Sterling scored a basket and a pair of free throws in the final 14 seconds to stake a 38-35 lead at the end of the period.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans committed five turn?overs and made only two of five shots as Sterling built a 49-40 lead, capped by a three-pointer by Lydia Lambert with 4:13 to play.

To their credit, the Trojans battled back to within 51-49 when Serene hit another three with 1:32 to go. After Dani Dowell scored for Sterling with 55 seconds left, Hillsboro missed two three-point shots, but Addie Lackey hit a 12-footer with five seconds left to give the Trojans at least a chance to tie or win.

Following Ahnert?s missed free throws and a Trojan timeout with 4.2 seconds left, Hillsboro stole the ball on the inbounds pass, but then gave it right back as time ran out.

?We?ve relied on someone too much,? Hiebert said, referring to the loss of Tena Loewen. ?We didn?t have anyone who was willing to step up and run stuff.

?I thought everyone was looking for someone else on the court to step up. We?ve got to stop looking around, and step up and play our best every game.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to play at Halstead (4-12) Tuesday, then to travel to King?man (7-10) Friday before finishing the regular season at home against Haven (12-5).

For same-night reports of each game, go to hillsborofree?press.com.

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