CASHTON — Cashton shot an incredible 17 of 20 from the free throw line, including 8 of 9 in the fourth quarter, to hold off visiting Hillsboro 49–45 last Friday night.
Coach Scott Egan’s Tigers played the entire second half with out freshman starter Sydney Johnson, who suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return, and were without junior point guard Mackenzie Sullivan for most of the second half after she picked up her fourth foul early in the third quarter.
Junior guard Destiny Shore picked up the load for the shorthanded Tigers scoring a game-high 19 points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds.
After a back-and-fourth first half, Cashton built a slim five-point lead midway through third quarter, but Shore went on a personal 7–0 run to end the period with a layup, two free throws and a 3-pointer to give Hillsboro a 38–37 lead.
The fourth quarter was similar to the first three quarters, as both teams continued to trade baskets.
With about 30 seconds left, Hillsboro had the ball trailing by two at 47–45.
Junior Brittany Borchardt drove to the right and put up a shot that looked good, but ended up going in and out and Cashton made a pair of free throws in to seal the victory.
Sullivan finished the game with eight points, four rebounds and three steals before fouling out.
Johnson scored six points in the first half before leaving with the concussion.
Sarah Peterson made 7 of 7 from the free throw line and scored a team-high 13 points to lead Cashton (12–5, 8–2 SBC).
Hillsboro was scheduled to host Weston (1–16) in a non-conference game Tuesday night. The Tigers will now host Brookwood (13–2, 9–2) tonight at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Viroqua Friday night. Hillsboro will then travel to Wonewoc–Center (6–12, 3–8) on Tuesday.
Bangor 62, Hillsboro 40
Last Tuesday it didn’t matter which defense Egan tried, Scenic Bluffs-leading Bangor found a way to exploit it.
The Cardinals came out hot and never cooled off in a 62–40 route of Egan’s Tigers.
Reigning SBC Player of the Year Morgan Horstman scored a game-high 26 points, including a 3/4-court 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, and Alea Fortier added 13 to lead the Cardinals (16–3, 10–1).
Bangor shot 46 percent (25–54) from the field, made 5 of 9 3-pointers and 7 of 9 free throws in the game.
The Cardinals outscored Hillsboro 17–7 in the opening quarter and lead 40–20 at the half.
Johnson scored nine points to lead Hillsboro. Junior Morgan Huntley had seven points and a team-high seven rebounds. Borchardt added seven points.