Hillsboro secured a share of the Central Kansas League title and an 18-2 regular-season record with a 55-20 runaway victory at Kingman last Tuesday.
The Trojans more or less settled the outcome in the opening quarter. Fueled by a defense that contributed to 12 Kingman turn?overs, the Trojans made nine of 16 shots on the other end of the floor to lead 21-2 at the first break.
The Eagles scored their first basket 24 seconds into the game, then didn?t score again until 1:04 remained in the first half?about a 14-minute drought. By then Hillsboro had 30 points on the board for a 26-point halftime lead.
?I was really pleased with how the girls played today,? coach Nathan Hiebert said. ?We changed up some defenses in the first half. I think that kept them on their heels a little bit.?
The Eagles started hitting some shots in the third quarter?four to be exact?but the Trojans tossed in 16 points, including three-point baskets by Maci Schlehuber at the start, Addie Lackey midway through, and Danae Bina in the closing seconds.
With a 46-12 lead, the running clock kicked in for the final quarter?and for the 11th time this season?as the Trojans rolled to the easy win. By the time Hiebert sent in his subs with about 6:30 to go, the Trojans were leading, 51-12.
Three Trojans finished in double figures, led by Lackey with 13. Bina tossed in 12 and Loewen 10.
Hiebert said Kingman played without a couple of key players, but was pleased with the way his team stayed focused?something his team will need to continue as the post-season begins.
?Both of our two losses were pretty close games, but we played a lot of games that were kind of blowouts,? he said. ?The Hesston and the Wamego games at the Trojan Classic are games we?ll have to use down the stretch just to focus on finishing games strong, playing smart and executing.?
Coming?With Monday school and evening events canceled because of an impending snowstorm, the girls? first round of sub-state play was rescheduled Monday morning for Wed?nesday, with all eight teams playing at Hillsboro.
The Trojans? game with Marion is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. The first of four games will begin at 3 p.m.
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