Hillsboro girls place fourth at 2A State Tournament

The Hillsboro girls took fourth place in the 2A state championship.

The student section showed up strong at every game for the Trojan girls.

Savannah Shahan was the MVP of the game against Leoti in the first round of state with 15 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks on the game. The Trojans won 36-30.
Senior Kori Arnold was the second-highest scorer for the game against Leoti in the first round of state. She had 10 points and four rebounds helping the team win 36-30.
The Hillsboro cheerleaders led the fans in cheering on the Trojans girls who took fourth place in the 2A state championship.

MANHATTAN- It was a season to celebrate as the Hillsboro Girls Basketball team placed fourth at the 2A State Basketball Tournament last week in Manhattan.

The Trojans opened up the tournament with a win over Leoti, 36-30, in a game that they got down early.

Down 5-3 after the first quarter, the Trojans made a sustaining run that would give get them tied up by halftime, 14-14.

They left nothing to chance in the second half, outscoring Leoti by six and earning a hard-fraught victory.

Savannah Shahan led the way for Hillsboro with 15 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks on the game. Kori Arnold was the next highest scorer with 10 points and four rebounds.

The win over Leoti earned Hillsboro a chance to play the No. 2-seeded Berean Academy who eventually went on to win the state title.

Hillsboro fell, 39-26, in the game despite playing Berean close for much of the contest.

The Trojans got down early, 11-8, but played Berean to a tie in the second quarter to close the first half down, 17-14.

Berean Academy won both the third and fourth quarters though and Hillsboro wasn’t able to muster the offense to beat the tough Berean defense.

Zaylee Werth was the high scorer for Hillsboro with 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists on the game.

In the final game of the tournament Hillsboro drew No. 1 seeded Saint Mary’s Colgan and lost, 36-33. Saint Mary’s lost in the second round in overtime to No. 4 seeded Riverside, 45-42, giving Saint Mary’s their only loss on the season.

Against Hillsboro they played a close game where the lead changed 11 times throughout. The Trojans played to a virtual stalemate early, 11-10, but got cold in the second quarter and were down 21-16 at half.

Hillsboro started the second half on a 7-4 run but couldn’t make up the final few points in the fourth quarter and lost by three in the end.

Shahan had 19 points to lead the Trojans in scoring in their final game of the season.

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