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Lady Tigers handed first loss of season
Cashton pulls out victory at the free throw line
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Hillsboro's Harli Mitchell drives around Viroqua's Jessica Abt in the first half of Saturday's 42-18 win over the Blackhawks. - photo by Nate Beier photo/

CASHTON — The one-win Cashton Eagles pulled off a stunner last Thursday upsetting previously unbeaten Hillsboro 44–42 in a Scenic Bluffs Conference game at Cashton High School.

Cashton (2–7, 2–2 SBC) got off to a fast hitting four 3-pointers in the first half to build a 29–24 half time lead.

Hillsboro responded with a strong 10–2 third-quarter run to take a three-point lead into the 4th.

But in the final eight minutes Cashton got to the free throw line time and time again, converting just enough of their 16 free throw chances in the period to pull out the two-point win.

The Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game with 1.1 seconds left, but missed a short bank on an out of bounds play at the horn as the Eagles escaped with the victory.

“We put Cashton at the line way too often as they attempted 28 free throws,” said Hillsboro head coach Ron Benish. “We do not have the type of team where we can have teams go the line that often. Even though we out rebounded them 46–38 for the game, they got too many offensive rebounds in the closing minutes of the game to seal the victory.

“The girls put in a good effort, especially in the second half. I take responsibility for the outcome of the game.”

Sophomore Jamie Schmitz scored 13 points to lead Cashton. Junior forward Betsy Schreier added 12 points for the winners.

Senior Sami Levy had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Hillsboro in the loss.

Macy Mislivecek added nine points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Harli Mitchell chipped in four points and nine rebounds. Destiny Shore had six points, five rebounds and three assists.

Lady Tigers rebound with 42–18 blowout of Viroqua

Hillsboro rebounded Saturday with a 42–18 non-conference victory over visiting Viroqua in a makeup game from last Tuesday.

The Tigers (9–1) jumped out to a 10–0 lead and never trailed.

Kickapoo banked in a half court shot at buzzer to avoid being shutout in the first quarter.

The Hillsboro defense stayed steady throughout the game as they held the Blackhawks to two points in the second quarter and four points in the third quarter to gain a 30–9 edge after three quarters.

The Tigers had their best shooting percentage of the season as they connected on 15 of 31 field goal attempts (48.3 percent).

“Our kids made a nice recovery after a tough road loss at Cashton,” said Benish. “We played a smart aggressive defense that limited the number of good shots for the Viroqua squad.”

Levy scored a game-high 17 points and had three rebounds to lead Hillsboro.

Sullivan had a nice all-around game of four points, seven steals and five rebounds.

Skala added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Hillsboro hosted the SBC-leding Brookwood Falcons (5–1, 4–0 SBC) on Tuesday.  Friday the Tigers travel to Wonewoc-Center (2–4, 1–2).