The Hillsboro girls’ basketball team closed out the regular season with a pair of lopsided wins over Royall, 51–14, on Thursday and Weston, 52–25, on Friday.
The Tigers finished the regular season 18–4 overall and tied for second in the Scenic Bluffs at 10–4 with both Bangor (13–8, 10–4) and Cashton (11–10, 10–4).
“I am proud of what this team has accomplished so far this season,” said Hillsboro head coach Ron Benish. “With tournament time coming up, we will have to step it up to compete with the teams in our regional.”
Hillsboro opened WIAA Division 5 regional play Tuesday night at home with a rematch against eighth-seeded Royall (6–16), a team the Tigers swept this year in conference play.
With a win Hillsboro will face either fourth-seeded Lar Farge (10–10) or fifth-seeded Wonewoc–Center (7–14) in a regional semifinal game Friday night at 7 p.m.
All 10 Tigers scored in last Thursday’s 37–point blowout of shorthanded Royall led by junior forward Jessica Tauber’s career-high 10 points.
Senior Macy Mislivecek dded eight points and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Sami Levy also scored eight minutes in limited action.
Junior Mackenzie Sullivan added four points and five assists.
Hillsboro led 14–2 after one period and 27–4 at the half. The Tigers’ starters played sparingly in the second half.
The Tigers held the Panthers to just 11.4 percent shooting (5 of 44), including 1 of 16 from 3-point range.
“It was nice to have all the kids get a lot of playing time and have everyone score in the game,” said Benish.
Levy and Mislivecek once again led the way as Hillsboro blitzed Weston in a non-conference affair.
Levy posted 15 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Mislivecek had 11 points and five rebounds, but once again all 10 players saw plenty of action with eight getting in the scorebook.
Senior Kelsey Skala scored nine points and sophomore Destiny Shore added eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
Sullivan passed out a team-high six assists.
Hillsboro scored in double figures in each of the fourth quarters and led throughout.