Hillsboro takes seventh in Trojan Classic

Mallory Ediger on the fast break layup on the second half of the Remington game. Karrie Rathbone / Free PressHILLSBORO- The Hillsboro Girls Basketball team got a win in the final game of the Trojan Classic over Remington, 61-48, to win the seventh place matchup.

“Emersyn and Jessica led the way on rebounding,” said Coach Nathan Hiebert. “We were able to play 10 girls and felt that all of them contributed.”

Hillsboro won every quarter of the game and was up 34-29 at half. Kinsey Kleiner led the Trojans with 19 points while Teegan Werth pitched in 18 and Jessica Saunders had 10 points.

“I was proud of several things during this game. I felt like we showed a lot more composure and brought scoring from several girls – Kinsey, Teegan, Jessica and Addie,” said Hiebert.

Hillsboro’s big win over Remington capped off a tournament where they went 1-2 with losses in the first round over Eureka, 67-38, and against Republic County, 35-21, in the second round.

“Remington is really strong on the glass and hurt us first half on second chance points. We did a lot better second half,” said Hiebert.

In the first match-up with Eureka, Hillsboro hung with the Tornados early, down only 13-10 after the first quarter, but Eureka started to ratchet up their defense, and stifled Hillsboro the rest of the game.

“Eureka came in with a lot of confidence and we knew it was going to be a very physical game. We struggled early to run our offense against it, but were able to keep the game close and battle. I felt like the girls played tough and physical for most of the first half and the first two to three minutes of the 3rd quarter,” said Heibert. “Tuesday Weisbeck competed well inside for us, and Kinsey Kleiner on the perimeter. We unfortunately got into foul trouble and were not able to respond to their run in the third.”

Coming – The Trojans girls will play at home on Friday, Jan. 25 against Sterling.

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