Hillsboro girls split week with big win over Smoky

Kinsey Kleiner shoots a three against Smoky Valley last week. Karrie Rathbone / Free Press
Kinsey Kleiner shoots a three against Smoky Valley last week. Karrie Rathbone / Free Press
In a season of ups and downs, the Hillsboro Girls Basketball team split last week’s games against Smoky Valley with a win, 54-29, and a loss against Hesston, 53-33.

Against Smoky, the girls were in a tight battle after the first quarter, 6-6, but the offense started to flow in the second giving Hillsboro a 23-16 lead at half. A 21 point third quarter put Hillsboro up, 44-21, and then the Trojans just had to put it in cruise control for the win.

“Once our girls got rolling, they did a great job,” Hillsboro Head Coach Nathan Hiebert said. “We were able to play 10 girls in the first half and all had a positive impact on our team.”

Notably was Teegan Werth who led the Trojans with 25 points, seven rebounds, and three assists for the game. Kinsey Kleiner chipped in 14 points, two rebounds, and three assists as well.

“We have talked lately about needing everyone to contribute when they play, not just be on the floor – find and bring value to our team,” Hiebert said. “We had contributors in a lot of areas. Teegan and Kinsey brought another great game of scoring for us. Teegan led us in about every category – points, rebounds, and was tied for the lead with Kinsey on steals and assists. They both had a huge impact. Jessica (Saunders) got rolling in the second half and had a stretch that she outran the other posts to get us some nice transition baskets. Addie (Berens) rebounded well in the second half. Tuesday (Weisbeck) got a lot of deflections and many others played great minutes.

On Friday Hillsboro ran into a buzz saw of a Hesston Swathers team which is always tough. Hillsboro was down 33-11 in the first half and never really was able to claw back into the game to make it competitive against a very good team.

“Our girls had another game of ups and downs, I thought we did some really nice things defensively during parts of the game. When we made them play in the half court and limited them to one shot, we did really well,” Hiebert said. “We knew that the two keys of the game for us were to rebound well and limit turnovers. Unfortunately, we had way too many turnovers and allowed too many offensive rebounds.”

Kleiner led the Trojans with 13 points while Werth chipped in 11 points for the game.

“Once again, we are looking for more consistency and more scoring options,” said Hiebert.

Coming – The girls played Halstead away on Tuesday after press time. They will play Larned at home at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.