Trojan?girls?2-1 in pre-season tourney

Hillsboro?s Taz Sanchez drives the lane for two of the eight points she scored in the 60-57 overtime loss to Lyons on the last night of the Moundridge Pre-season Tournament. The senior transfer scored 35 points in the three games, including 19 against Moundridge.The Hillsboro girls lost an overtime heartbreaker to Lyons on Friday, 60-57, in what amounted to the championship game of the Mound??ridge Pre-season Tourna?ment last week.

Hillsboro had entered Friday?s contest with a 2-0 record after surviving late-game rallies by Inman on Tuesday and Moundridge on Thursday.

The loss gave the Trojans a 2-1 record for the tournament and a 3-1 mark for the season.

Lyons?The Trojans trailed Lyons 17-13 after one quarter, but took an 18-17 lead in the first 1:12 of the second period. They did not trail the Lions after that until a two-point basket by Patricia Douglass with 52 seconds left in the game put her team on top, 48-47.

After two Lyons free throws made it 50-47, Alex Ratzlaff hit a three-point basket from the top of the key with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Hillsboro never led after that as Lyons started the extra period with five unanswered points. Ratzlaff scored all seven of Hills?boro?s overtime points, including three free throws after she was fouled behind the arc with 1:02 to go.

With Lyons scoring its final point of the game on a free throw with 1.7 seconds left, Ratzlaff took the inbounds pass and launched a three-point desperation heave from half court a mere moment after the final buzzer. Ironically, the shot went in?but it did not count.

Coach Nathan Hiebert said he was disappointed his team allowed Lyons to dictate the flow of the game.

?I told them Lyons wants an ugly, scrappy game?and that?s what it was,? he said. ?It?s hard for our girls to just settle down and play smart. We had way too many turn?overs (16)?and to be honest, a lot of it wasn?t necessarily what Lyons did.?

Ratzlaff led all scorers with 29 points, including nine of 10 free throws. Taz Sanchez and Abby Sechrist each added eight points.

?We need to become better offensively, working together,? Hiebert said. ?We just looked very disoriented. When we run things correctly, good things happen; when we run things poorly, it doesn?t. We ran a lot of things poorly tonight.?

Moundridge?After a 39-32 scoring fest in the first half, Hillsboro and Mound?ridge slowed the pace in the second half but maintained a similar margin at the end in a 60-52 Trojan win.

Taz Sanchez exploded for 17 points to lead Hillsboro in the first half while the Wild?cats got 15 points from Ashley Holler. The difference at halftime was 14 points tossed in by Alex Ratzlaff.

Scoring aside, the first half was marred by 25 personal fouls?12 committed by Hillsboro and 13 by Mound?ridge. The Trojans made 13 of 22 free throws in the first half while the Wildcats made 10 of 22.

Abby Sechrist scored three baskets in the paint in the first 2:20 of the third quarter to push Hillsboro?s lead to 45-34; it was 53-43 at the end of the quarter.

For the second night in a row, the Trojans survived a rough fourth quarter, committing seven turnovers and missing both field-goal attempts and both free throws. The scoreless 5:48 enabled Moundridge to pull within 53-52 on a three by Holler with 3:00 to play.

Sophomore sub Sienna Kaufman then broke Hills?boro?s funk with a huge three-point basket from the top of the key with 2:12 left in the quarter. Hillsboro shut out the Wildcats in the final three minutes to post its third win of the season.

Holler scored 27 points for Moundridge while Sanchez and Ratzlaff tied for scoring honors for Hills?boro with 19.

Inman?Hillsboro saw an 18-point lead dwindle in the final quarter, but hung on to beat the Teutons, 42-35, in the opening round.

The game was odd from the start in that three senior starters?Alex Ratzlaff, Taz Sanchez and Marah Franz?had been ill Monday and were not in the starting lineup because of missing practice.

But Hillsboro?s improvised lineup managed only four points?two on free throws?through the first 4:00. Fortu?nately, Inman couldn?t score either.

With the scored tied at 4, Coach Nathan Hiebert brought in his seniors. Ratz?laff hit a three-pointer shortly after that to get the Trojans going, although they led only 10-9 as the quarter ended.

In the second quarter, Hillsboro outscored Inman, 14-6, to take a 24-15 halftime lead. By intermission, Ratz?laff had tossed in 14 points. When Ratzlaff hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, Hills?boro led 33-20 after three quarters.

In the final quarter, a three-point play by Ratzlaff at the 6:49 mark put the Trojans up 38-20. The margin was still 18 at the 5:12 mark at 40-22. But in the final 5 minutes, the Trojans seemed to shut down?committing turn?overs, giving up baskets in the paint and missing free throws.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Trojans led by only seven points.

Ratzlaff led all scorers with 24 points.

Coming?Hillsboro will complete its pre-Christmas schedule when the Trojans host Remington Thursday at Brown Gymnasium. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

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