McKenzie Couey had all the answers last Monday night.
The Riverdale sophomore came off the bench to score a career and game-high 19 points to lead the visiting Chieftains to a 46–27 victory over the Tigers in the final game before Christmas break.
“Every time we looked to make a run, Couey seemed to hit a big three,” said Hillsboro head coach Scott Egan.
The sophomore came off the bench to provided the biggest spark of the game, hitting five 3-pointers en route to a career-best night.
“We were unable to shoot as well and dug ourselves too big of a hole to climb back from,” added Egan.
Riverdale (6–2) jumped out to a 16–7 lead after one quarter of play and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Hillsboro cut the lead to nine early in the fourth quarter at 32–23, but the Chieftains outscored the Tigers 14–4 the rest of the way.
Autumn Noble made 5 of 6 free throws in the game and finished with 11 points for Riverdale. Amanda Meister hit a pair of three-pointers and added 10 points.
Freshman Sydney Johnson scored a team-high 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Hillsboro in defeat.
Junior Destiny Shore added five points, five rebounds and two steals.
Hillsboro went into the holiday break with an overall record of 4–3.
The Tigers returned to action Tuesday at home against Seneca (5–3) in another non-conference game on Tuesday night.
Hillsboro will next travel to Ithaca (2–6) Friday night.