The contenders are beginning to separate themselves in the Scenic Bluffs Conference.
Bangor (13–1, 7–1 SBC), despite a surprising loss at Necedah on Friday, and Brookwood (12–2, 7–1) have established themselves as the favorites.
With back-to-back dominating SBC victories last week, Hillsboro remains a top-three team in the league.
Coach Scott Egan’s Tigers hammered New Lisbon 68–28 last Tuesday night, then blasted host Royall 47–23 on Friday night.
Hillsboro (11–4, 5–3) has now won three straight game and appears to have snapped out of mid-season funk in which the Tigers lost four of six games after a 6–0 start.
Hillsboro 68, New Lisbon 28
Egan’s Tigers got off to an incredible start in Tuesday’s win over New Lisbon (4–9, 1–6), scoring a season-high 42 points in the opening half, while holding the Rockets to just nine.
Nine Tigers scored in the game, also a season high, led by 17 points from sophomore Sydney Johnson.
Senior Morgan Huntley finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Classmate Destiny Shore added 10 points and three rebounds.
Senior guard Mackenzie Sullivan added five points and three steals, but made her biggest impact holding New Lisbon’s leading scorer, Larissa Pederson, to just six points. Pederson is averaging 14 points per game.
Hillsboro 47, Royall 23
Hillsboro led 20–15 at the half in Friday’s win at Royall, but took control of the game in the second half by holding the Panthers (9–5, 4–4) to just eight points in the final 18 minutes.
“We struggled throughout the night on offense, but our defense was stifling,” said Egan. “Shelby Levy was a spark plug for Hillsboro off the bench in the first half, scoring six points. Morgan Huntley picked up from there in the second half, scoring 12 of her game high 17 points in the second half.”
Huntley also led the team with eight rebounds. Johnson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Sullivan grabbed seven rebounds and once again played a key role defensively, holding Royall’s leading scorer, Paige Hyer, to just four points.
Hillsboro outscored the Panthers 27–8 in the second half.
With Bangor’s loss to Necedah, the Tigers pulled within two games of first place. Hillsboro will host Bangor on Feb. 11.
First, the Tigers will host Wonewoc–Center Thursday before traveling to Brookwood for a key SBC match-up Tuesday night. Hillsboro will host Cashton next Thursday.