The Hillsboro girls’ basketball team overcame a poor shooting night by outscoring visiting New Lisbon 27–24 in the fourth quarter to steal a conference win in the Scenic Bluffs opener Friday night.
Hillsboro improved to 3–0 on the season and 1–0 in the SBC.
“Our pressure defense was the key in the second half as we gave up only two free throws in the fourth quarter holding New Lisbon without a field goal in the quarter,” said Hillsboro head coach Ron Benish. “We are young at the guards and as we head into the tougher part of our schedule we will need to keep on improving.”
New Lisbon led 6–2 after one quarter, but Hillsboro pulled within 12–10 at the break behind four second quarter points from sophomore Destiny Shore.
Hillsboro shot just 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) in the first half, but stayed within striking distance with defense.
Senior forward Sami Levy led the Tigers’ best offensive quarter of the night, scoring seven of her eight points in an 11-point third quarter as Hillsboro pulled within a point at 22–21.
Levy also grabbed a team-high four points in the game.
Shore finished the night with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.
“Solid defense and some good bench play by Tasha Mitchell, Harli Mitchell, and Brittany Borchardt played a key role in the win,” added Benish.
Hillsboro held New Lisbon to just 28.6 percent (10 of 35) shooting on the night.
Meanwhile, the Tigers shot 7 of 26 (27 percent) in the second half and finished the night at 23.3 percent (10 of 43).
Hillsboro also made just 5 of 12 from the free throw line and was outrebounded 27–20.
The Tigers traveled to De Soto on Tuesday. Results will be in next week’s Sentry Enterprise.
Hillsboro will return to action Thursday with a SBC home game against Necedah.