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Stanek leads Tigers to fifth win with a big night
The junior forward scores 19 points on just 11 shots
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Hillsboro coach Curt Hildreths team outscored La Farge, 15-4, over the final eight minutes of the Tigers Jan. 5 non-conference game against the visiting Wildcats to seal a 52-41 victory. - photo by Kevin Lillard, Juneau County Star-Times, Mauston

Junior forward Hunter Stanek turned in a career-best 19 point, 11 rebound performance to lead Hillsboro to a 52–41 non-conference victory over La Farge Monday night.

Hillsboro improved to 5–3 with the win after back-to-back losses to Viroqua and Mauston.

Stanek scored his 19 points on just 11 shots, going 8 for 11 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line. The 6-foot-3 forward also grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the game, had three assists and a steal, and did not commit a turnover.

The Tigers were in a battle for three quarters and actually led by just a single point, 37–36, entering the fourth quarter.

But coach Curt Hildreth’s charges outscored the Wildcats (4–4) 15–4 over the final eight minutes to close out the win.

“We pulled away in the fourth quarter when our defensive intensity started to pick up,” said Hildreth. “We had some fast break layups to seal the game. Hunter Stanek had a very efficient 17 points to help lead us.”

Hillsboro’s leading scorer, Max Stockwell, struggled with his shot Monday night, going just 8 of 23, but he finished with a double–double of 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds to complement Stanek’s effort.

Junior Tyler Crandall added six points, three rebounds and three steals, while classmate Ethan Thorson chipped in six points and three rebounds.

The Tigers also took care of the ball, committing just six turnovers in 32 minutes of play, while converting 6 of 7 free throws.

Hillsboro (5–3, 2–1 SBC) traveled to Kickapoo for a makeup game Tuesday night and will return to conference action tonight at Cashton (4–3, 2–1 SBC). The Tigers will then Brookwood on Tuesday (0–5, 0–3).