The Hillsboro High School girls’ basketball team finished the regular season Tuesday with a 61-32 win against Kingman on senior night.
Kingman scored the first basket of the game, but five quick points from Addie Lackey put the Trojans ahead for the rest of the game. Lackey scored 16 points in the first half for the Trojans.
Hillsboro used its defense to create offense, forcing turnovers and converting them into points. Multiple times, Danae Bina stole the ball from a Kingman player and raced down the court to finish layups.
Lackey and Bina were able to find each other throughout the first half to score easy points under the goal. The Trojans led 29-15 at halftime.
Hillsboro continued to pressure Kingman in the second half, making the Eagles speed up their pace and turn the ball over. Alex Ratzlaff, Lackey, and Bina continued to score easy buckets from good passing.
The Trojans led 47-23 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, cruising to a 61-32 victory. Lackey finished the game with 31 points, followed by Bina, 15; Ratzlaff, 13; and Rebecca Kaufman, 2.
Big third quarter leads to victory
After a first half in which Hillsboro was called for seven fouls before Haven was called for one on Friday, the Trojans attacked on offense in the third quarter, taking the fight to the Wildcats and getting to the free-throw line repeatedly.
The Trojans made six out of eight free throws in the third quarter to help build on a 25-19 halftime lead. By the end of the third quarter, the Trojans led 47-24, eventually cruising to a 58-35 victory. Coach Nathan Hiebert said he talked to the team at halftime about not settling for jump shots and being more aggressive going to the basket.
“The last two games our third quarter has been really big for us,” he said.
The Trojans had seven players score, led by Lackey with 20 points. Also scoring were Ratzlaff, 14; Bina, 8; Courtney Troyer, 6; Darcy Heinrichs, 5; Maddi Duerksen, 3; and Tara Proffitt, 2.
“Our games go better when six, seven, eight people get involved,” Hiebert said.