Brookwood ended Hillsboro’s dreams of a split conference title and clinched the outright Scenic Bluffs crown with a 26–22 victory over the host Tigers Friday night.
Hillsboro trailed by as many as eight points in the first half and rallied in the fourth quarter to challenge the Falcons.
Brookwood led 24–22 with about 20 seconds to go when the Tigers just missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that could have given them the lead.
The Falcons (16–2, 12–1 SBC) scored their final two points on free throws as the Tigers were forced to foul.
Junior guard Amber Brueggen scored a game-high 14 points to lead Brookwood.
Senior Sami Levy also scored 14 points to pace Hillsboro.
Hillsboro rebounded from Friday’s loss with a narrow 31–28 buzzer-beating victory over Wonewoc–Center on Monday night.
Levy drained a 3-pointer from the left wing on a nice pass from sophomore Destiny Shore as time expired to lift the Tigers to victory.
Shore scored a game-high 12 points, and Levy posted a double–double of 10 points and 11 rebounds to power the Tigers.
Both teams were hampered by cold shooting the entire game.
Hillsboro extended its meager 12–11 halftime lead to 20–16 after three quarters.
The Tigers lead by five with less than a minute to go when the Wolves hit a 3-point shot and the Tigers turn the ball over.
W–C drove in for a layup on the ensuing possession to tie the score at 28–28.
Shore brought the ball up the right side of the court, made a pass to the left side of the court to a wide open Levy who drained a 3-point shot as the horn went off.
The Tigers will travel to Royall (6–14, 4–9 SBC) Thursday before closing out the regular season with a non-conference game at Weston (4–16). The JV game at Weston will begin at 4 p.m., followed by varsity at 5:15 p.m. The games have been moved up due to boys’ regional tournament action that also takes place on Friday.
Hillsboro also earned the number one seed in its eight-team regional and will open the WIAA Division 5 playoffs Tuesday against eighth seed Royall (6–14).
“I am proud of this group’s accomplishments as they earned the number one seed for this area’s regional round of games,” said head coach Ron Benish. “On behalf of all my kids, we would like to thank all the high school/grade school students and adult fans for the great support they have shown throughout this season.”
Last Tuesday, Shore and senior Macy Mislivecek scored 12 points apiece as Hillsboro defeated Bangor 39–29.
The Tigers rallied from a 22–17 halftime deficit by outscoring the Cardinals (11–8, 8–4) 22–7 in the second half.