Trojan girls upend Kingman
Trailing throughout much of the game, Hillsboro rallied in the fourth quarter, led by Alex Ratzlaff, who put an exclamation point on the comeback with a game-winning 3-pointer, as the Trojans defeated Kingman 42-41.
The Trojans trailed 30-25 late in the third quarter when Tara Proffitt connected on a basket, then fed the ball to Darcy Heinrichs for another, making the score 30-29 as the teams went to the final period.
With 4 minutes, 27 seconds to go, the Trojans were back down by five. It took two possessions for the lead to change hands, as Ratzlaff poured in consecutive 3-pointers to put Hillsboro up 37-36. She then stole the ball from a Kingman guard and drove the length of the court for a layup.
The Eagles answered with a 3-pointer and a basket down low to retake the lead 41-39, causing Hillsboro to take a timeout with 1:09 remaining.
The Trojans put the ball in Ratzlaff’s hands, but she traveled on a drive to the basket. Hillsboro had another chance after Kingman turned the ball over, but Proffitt misfired on a shot, forcing the Trojans to foul on the rebound with 21 seconds left.
Sydney Bangert stepped to the line with a chance to make it a two-possession game, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1.
Ratzlaff, the Trojans’ leading scorer, made the Eagles pay, nailing a long 3-pointer from near the top of the arc with 4 seconds remaining. She sealed the win by blocking a last-second 3-point attempt by the Eagles.
Long balls made the difference for the Trojans, as they outscored the Eagles 18-12 from beyond the arc, with 5 treys by Ratzlaff and 1 from Proffitt.
Ratzlaff led all scorers with 25 points, and Proffitt had 9.
Hillsboro couldn’t overcome a disastrous start Tuesday at Haven, falling 48-34.
Haven came out fast, scoring 13 points in the first 5 minutes before Hillsboro could get on the board. The Trojans played well enough to keep pace with the Wildcats, but couldn’t cut the lead below double digits the rest of the game.
Ratzlaff scored 18 in the loss.
Last modified Feb. 19, 2015