A 47–39 loss to visiting Cashton Friday night put a major kink in Hillsboro's conference title hopes.
With league-leading Brookwood (15–2, 11–1 SBC) falling to second-place Brookwood on the same night, Coach Ron Benish’s Tigers missed a golden opportunity to gain ground on the Falcons.
Cashton (8–10, 7–4) outscored Hillsboro by four points in the first quarter and third quarter and held the Tigers at bay in the fourth.
Junior Betsy Schreier scored a team-high 18 points to power the Eagles, who shot 11 of 17 from the free throw line in the victory.
Senior Sami Levy posted a monster double–double of 19 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter to lead Hillsboro.
Fellow senior Macy Mislivecek added 10 points and nine boards for the Tigers.
Hillsboro (14–3, 7–3) remains three games back of Brookwood with four games to play.
The Tigers traveled to Bangor on Tuesday and will have a chance to knock off Brookwood on Thursday in Ontario.
However, Brookwood could clinch the outright Scenic Bluffs title with a win on Thursday.
Hillsboro will then host Wonewoc–Center on Monday.
Last Tuesday night Hillsboro scored a key 47–40 victory over visiting Bangor.
The Tigers outscored the Cardinals 30–17 in the first three quarters then held off a late fourth-quarter rally.
Levy finished with 15 points and five rebounds to lead the victors.
Senior Kelsey Skala chipped in 10 points and sophomore Mackenzie Sullivan led the Tigers with seven assists.
On Thursday, Nov. 6 Hillsboro rolled to an easy 52–16 victory over Necedah.
Benish’s girls outscored the Cardinals 29–8 in the first half and never trailed.
Levy scored a season-high 21 poings and grabbed six rebounds.
Sophomore guard Destiny Shore had nine points and a team-high five steals.
Mislivecek added four points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Hillsboro converted 10 of 18 free throws in the game.