Trojans girls get win over Marion

arion’s Megan Neufeld is guarded by Hillsboro’s Tuesday Weisbeck during the first half Tuesday. Hillsboro won, 42-27.
arion’s Megan Neufeld is guarded by Hillsboro’s Tuesday Weisbeck during the first half Tuesday. Hillsboro won, 42-27.
A big second-quarter effort propelled the Hillsboro girls’ basketball team to a 42-27 victory over Marion Tuesday.

After a low-scoring first period, which ended with Hillsboro leading, 8-5, the Trojans blew the game open by outscoring the Warriors, 16-3, in the second quarter, including an 8-0 run fueled by turnovers at the start.

Teegan Werth scored 11 of her game-high 14 points in the first half to contribute to Hillsboro’s 24-8 halftime lead.

“Our defensive intensity was really, really good,” Hillsboro coach Nathan Hiebert said. “We got a lot of steals, a lot of tips. We kind of took them out of what they really wanted to do.”

Marion outscored Hillsboro by one in the second half. Hillsboro led, 32-17, at the end of the third quarter, and after each team added 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Trojans claimed the 15-point win.

“We just had the one really horrible stretch in the second quarter when we were throwing it to them and they were coming down and shooting layups,” Marion coach Kelly Robson said. “They stretched a three- or five- or seven-point game into a double-digit lead, and then it never came back again.”

Hillsboro shot around 28 percent from the field (17-for-60). Marion, meanwhile, shot 25 percent (7-for-28). Corrina Crabb led Marion’s scoring effort with seven points. Marion committed 31 turnovers in the game.

Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to host Southeast of Saline Tuesday and will resume play at home versus Halstead Jan. 4. Marion was scheduled to host Moundridge Tuesday to start league play and will return to the court Jan. 4 by hosting Inman.