The Hillsboro boys went just 1-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter in a 51-43 loss at Hoisington.
The teams were tied at 26 in the third quarter when the Cardinals went on a run to reclaim a 10-point lead.
The Trojans fought back from the free-throw line, shooting 9-of-11 in the second half. Six of those charities came in the final 6 minutes of the game, when the Trojans got back to within 1. But the Cardinals used free throws in the last minute to secure the win.
Micah Allen led the Trojans in scoring with 20 points. Austin Cross added 9.