Trojan girls fall in sub-state semi-finals to Wabaunsee

Kinsey Kleiner and a Mission Valley player fight for a loose ball in the first round of sub-state last week. They beat Mission Valley for their first win in post-season play in two years. Hillsboro won that game but went on to lose to Wabaunsee in the semi-finals. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press
Kinsey Kleiner and a Mission Valley player fight for a loose ball in the first round of sub-state last week. They beat Mission Valley for their first win in post-season play in two years. Hillsboro won that game but went on to lose to Wabaunsee in the semi-finals. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press
MARION- Wabaunsee was just too much for Hillsboro Girls Basketball team who lost in the semi-finals of sub-state in Marion last week, 52-19 to end their season. Hillsboro beat Mission Valley, 53-42, in the first round to earn their way to the match-up with Wabaunsee.

Against Mission Valley the Trojans won every quarter, a stated team goal for the Hillsboro girls. They held a 28-23 lead at half, and kept building the lead throughout the second half to earn the big first round victory.

Kinsey Kleiner led Hillsboro with 22 points, five rebounds and three steals. Teegan Werth matched her point total with 22 points, two rebounds, and two steals for the game.

Against Wabaunsee, Hillsboro was outmatched by a talented and athletic team. Hillsboro was down 23-14 at half, and then managed just four points in the second half to end the game.

“I was extremely proud of how our girls battled on Friday (Wabaunsee),” Hillsboro Head Coach Nathan Heibert said. “Very proud of our girls. It had been two years since we won any game in February and two years since we had won a game in sub-state.”

Werth led Hillsboro in the effort with nine points and two rebounds, while Tuesday Weisbeck chipped in six points and four rebounds in the game.