Trojans survive long trip to manhandle Ellinwood
Clay Shewey scored a game-high 20 points for Hillsboro High School, and hit four three-pointers Friday to help lead the Trojans (5-3) past the hosting Ellinwood Eagles, 56-35.
Hillsboro maintained control of the game from start to finish, jumping out to an 11-2 lead and a 19-11 edge after the first quarter.
David Loewen recorded his third double-double in the last four games, scoring 15 points and hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds, while Daniel Jost added 10 points and four steals.
Loewen shot an impressive 9-10 at the free-throw line.
The Trojans forced 10 turnovers while holding Ellinwood to a cool 31 percent shooting from the field for the game.
Hillsboro was on fire from the field, burning the nets for a season-high 54 percent from the floor.
The best quarter the Eagles mustered was the second, but the Trojans were up by halftime, 27-17.
Hillsboro mailed in the victory after the third quarter, using a 13-5 run to take a commanding 40-22 lead.
The Trojans had their two game-winning streak snapped Jan. 7 night in the make-up game at Nickerson with the Panthers cooling off Hillsboro with a 56-42 victory.
HHS got off to a rugged start with the upstart Panthers who grabbed a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and things never improved for the Trojans.
Turnovers proved pivotal for Nickerson, who forced 22, and hit a red-hot 60 percent from the field and 56 percent for the game.
Loewen scored a game-high 21 points, but the Panthers shut down Shewey and Gavin Serene, holding the duo to a combined 16 points.
The Trojans opened the first round Tuesday of Hillsboro's Trojan Classic, facing the defending Class 4A state champion Thomas More Prep Monarchs.
The tournament runs through Saturday.