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Tigers rip first-place Trojans
Stockwell, Helgerson combine for 39 points in a 20-point blowout
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HILLSBORO–North Crawford is currently tied for first-place in the Ridge and Valley Conference with a 3–0 record.

That didn’t matter to Scenic Bluffs Conference front-runner Hillsboro.

The visiting Tigers blasted the first-place Trojans, 68–48, in a non-conference game Monday night.

Senior Max Stockwell recorded his third double–double in six games with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, as well as a team-high five assists.

Senior point guard Joe Helgerson added 15 points, two assists and two steals. The sharp-shooting Helgerson also made 3 of 7 attempts from three-point land.

Fellow senior Hunter Stanek added 10 points and six boards for coach Curt Hildreth’s Tigers, who led 33–17 at the half.

Tyler Crandall scored seven points, and Sawyer Hynek chipped in five points and two blocks.

Hillsboro improved to 6–0 on the season and remains 2–0 in the SBC.

The Tigers return to action Thursday at Brookwood (3–4, 1–1 SBC) before hosting Cashton (1–6, 0–2) on Tuesday.

Hillsboro was dethroned by Chippewa Falls McDonell Central (9–0) as the top team in Division 5 in the latest poll on despite not losing a game, but Hillsboro head coach Curt Hildreth isn’t worried about the rankings.

“Winning conference is the big goal for us this year, after that we haven’t looked too far down the road,” said Hildreth. “We have to take it one day at time, one game at a time and get better every day. That’s kind of our motto this year.”

Hillsboro will get to work on achieving that first goal beginning Thursday as seven of the Tigers’ next eight games are in conference play.