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Hillsboro splits home games against Lyons

Hillsboro High School basketball teams wrapped up a near perfect week Friday night, closing the home portion of the regular season with a split against Lyons. 

The girls went 2-0, toppling Hoisington in Hillsboro Tuesday, 48-37, and picking up their third straight win outlasting the Lions Friday, 34-24. 

The perfect week lifts the Trojans to 12-7, heading into the final week of the regular season. 

The battle to find consistency continued for the boys’ team, who after stunning the Class 3A top-10 ranked Cardinals in overtime, 64-62, fell to eighth-ranked Lyons, 57-53. 

The Trojans stay a game above .500 at 10-9, and begin sub-state play next week at Herington. 

Girls persevere in win

The girls’ second outing with the Lions saw the two teams combine for 36 turnovers, with Lyons committing 21, but the Trojans stuck out the win. 

Difficulties handling the ball kept both teams from getting into any rhythm.

Hillsboro still took a 7-2 lead after the first quarter and 12-6 by halftime.

Lyons hit a disastrous 13% from the floor, with Hillsboro slightly better at 20%. 

Lyons’ outrebounding Hillsboro, 45-36, including a game-best 11 from Kristina Head, kept the Trojans from slamming the door until late. 

Outside of Teegan Werth’s game-high 18 points, only four other Trojans could score, and Kinsey Kleiner took a hard knee to the thigh just before halftime and didn’t return to action. 

The Trojans warmed up to 37% the second half and 27% for the game, but never extended the lead further than 11 points. 

Although the Hillsboro’s lead wasn’t commanding, the Lions were never a serious threat. 

Boys lose second to Lyons

Lyons had a hand in Hillsboro opening the season 0-3, dealing the Trojans a rare 52-45 loss in a series heavily dominated by Hillsboro. 

Believe it or not, the Lions are that good.

Trojan coach Darrel Knoll spent much of the first half Friday pacing the sideline in disgust, looking for someone to give his team a spark. 

Nobody could, and the Trojans trailed by as many as 13 before halftime, shooting 28% the first half, and 29% for the game. 

Breckyn Ratzlaff’s 13 points and Matthew Potucek’s 10 were the only ones in double figures for Hillsboro. 

Lyons shot well on the evening, hitting 46% overall and 48% the first half. 

Hillsboro almost outdid the Lions 13-12 the second quarter, but Lyons still had a 29-21 lead at the break, in part to a 16-9 first quarter. 

The Lions had the 45-36 advantage on the boards, but the Trojans’ 9-3 edge on the offensive glass helped them stay close amid rugged shooting. 

The Trojans pulled to 39-37 with a 16-10 third quarter, but Lyons never relinquished its lead.

Last modified Feb. 26, 2020

 

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