Hillsboro girls basketball remained perfect for the season, running their record to 4-0 after a 51-38 win over the home team.
The girls captured the tournament title, going 3-0, upending seventh-ranked Inman Thursday, 41-35.
The boys broke even on the year at 2-2, and finally topped Inman 64-49 on Thursday, before whipping the Wildcats on Friday, 63-37, for the title and a 2-1 finish.
Hillsboro wraps up the season’s 2019 portion Friday in Gypsum to face Southeast of Saline.
Girls stay unbeaten
It took the Trojans one quarter to slow down Wildcat standout Erin Durst and overcome an 8-5 first quarter deficit.
Durst scored 10 of her 17 in the game’s first 10 minutes, but the Trojans got on track the second quarter, neutralizing Moundridge’s only threat the rest of the way.
As the Trojans’ tandem of Teegan Werth and Kinsey Kleiner has gone in the past, so has Hillsboro.
The duo struggled getting shots to fall, despite a team-high 13 points from Werth and nine from Kleiner.
Jessica Saunders added 11 points, Emersyn Funk had 10, and Reese Hefley pitched in four to keep the Trojans in front.
The Trojans shot a cool 32%, including 29% in the second half, but got a boost from an outstanding night at the free throw line. They finished a near flawless 17-for-18 and 14-for-14 the second half.
Hillsboro opened up a 20-point lead with 3:04 left in the game and hung on for the 51-38 win.
Boys even at 2-2
Sparks have tend to fly any time coach Darrel Knoll and the Trojans meet the Wildcats on the hardwood.
This wasn’t one of those times, though, thanks to freshman point guard Breckyn Ratzlaff and sophomore Matt Potucek.
Ratzlaff scored a game-high 18 points and Potucek added 17, but the duo was a real nuisance on defense, combining for six steals to help the Trojans force 21 turnovers.
Hillsboro scored the first points of the game and never looked back, opening an 18-12 lead after the first quarter and a 34-21 advantage by halftime.
Moundridge, despite shooting well, couldn’t solve the smothering Trojan defense, managing a modest 16 points the second half.
The Trojans got hot the second half, shooting 47% behind the arc 50%.
That was pivotal in stretching the lead as far as 63-36 with 2:00 left in the game and the Wildcats well out of striking distance.
Dillon Boldt added 7 points while Caleb Potucek and Caleb Diener netting six each.
Last modified Dec. 19, 2019