The Hillsboro girls’ basketball team fell below .500 in Scenic Bluffs Conference play with back-to-back losses to Cashton and Brookwood last week.
Last Tuesday the visiting Eagles outscored the Tigers 32–21 in the second and third quarters to pull out a 51–43 win.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first half with neither team taking more than a six-point lead the game.
Cashton (7–3, 3–1 SBC) led 30–26 at the half, but Hillsboro came out and scored the first six points of the half to take a two-point lead at 32–30, but the Eagles closed the quarter on a 12–0 run and never trailed the rest of the way.
Cashton struggled at the free throw line but made just enough (11 of 26) to put the game away.
Sarah Petersen and Jamie Schmitz scored 15 points each to lead the winners.
Freshman Sydney Johnson scored 15 points and had two steals to lead Hillsboro (6–5, 2–3 SBC).
Junior Brittany Borchardt added nine points, while fellow junior Mackenzie Sullivan had an all-around nice game with seven points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Friday night Hillsboro was outscored 14–8 in the fourth quarter in a 48–43 loss at Brookwood.
The Tigers played a strong first quarter and took an early 15–9 on the second-place Falcons (6–1, 4–1).
But Brookwood caught fire in the second quarter and fought back with two huge 3-pointers from Cecilia Mendoza to take a 25–22 into the locker room at halftime.
Johnson scored nine of Hillsboro’s 13 points in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 35–34 lead entering the final eight minutes of place.
But the momentum was short lived.
Sullivan fouled out, Brookwood regained the lead and Brianna Nelson knocked down 5 of 8 free throws, while Mendoza went 3 of 4 from the line as the Falcons rallied for the win.
Mendoza finished the game with a team-high 14 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Brookwood. Amber
Brueggen added 10 points for the winners.
Johnson finished with 15 points, five rebounds and two steals.
Junior Morgan Huntley added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Junior Destiny Shore finished with six points, six rebounds and two steals.
The Tigers (6–5, 2–3 SBC) will host Wonewoc–Center (4–7, 1–4) tonight before traveling to Royall (4–6, 2–3) on Tuesday.