The Hillsboro girls’ basketball team continued its find-a-way-to-win tradition Friday with a 50-42 victory at Southeast of Saline, extending their win streak to four games.
The win improved Hillsboro record to 4-1 while Southeast of Saline slipped to 1-3.
With three players scoring in double-digits, Hillsboro played its most productive game in quite some time, coach Nathan Hiebert said.
“We put up 50 points, and that’s great—we haven’t done that for quite a while, so I was really pleased,” he said.
The two teams essentially traded points in the first quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Tuesday Weisbeck and Kinsey Kleiner in the final minute gave Hillsboro a 12-10 edge as the quarter ended.
“We came out a little slow, and Southeast jumped on us a bit, but I was really pleased with how the girls responded,” Hiebert said. We got some turnovers, easy buckets and some good assists.”
With six players chipping in points during the second quarter, Hillsboro posted a 25-16 lead by halftime. SES managed only two field goals the entire quarter.
The third quarter was better yet, as Hillsboro built a 38-23 lead on a three-point play by freshman Teegan Werth with 3:10 left in the period. By the end of quarter, Hillsboro led, 42-30.
In the final quarter, Southeast got as close as 45-39 with 3:30 left in the game, but Hillsboro made five of eight free throws in the final 2:43 and did not allow an SES basket the rest of the way.
“It kind of felt like we just relaxed,” Hiebert said about the lull. “I didn’t see any girls necessarily celebrating on the floor, but it almost felt like it was going to be an easy win. They relaxed, but it’s important that we keep the pedal down because we let (Southeast) back in the game.”
Senior Sienna Kaufman and freshman Teegan Werth tied for Hillsboro scoring honors with 14 points each. Trinity Malm added 11 points, including seven of 11 free throws.
“Sienna was good in the passing lanes, she got some deflections and Trinity got to the free-throw line a lot,” Hiebert said. “Teegan had another good game.”
As a team, Hillsboro shot 30 percent (16-53) from the floor, including 1-for-11 from behind the arc. Southeast was a tick behind, making 14 of 48 shots (29 percent) and 2-for-10 behind the three-point line.”
Coming—After five consecutive road games to start the season, Hillsboro was to make its home-court debut Tuesday against Marion.
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The competitive season will resume Jan. 2 with a Central Kansas League game at Nickerson.