Hillsboro jumped out to an early seven-point lead, but really poured it on visiting Wonewoc–Center with a 32-point second quarter.
From there the twice-beaten Tigers cruised to an easy 80–43 Scenic Bluffs victory over the Wolves on Friday night.
Nine Hillsboro players scored in the rout, led by sophomore Max Stockwell’s game-high 21 points. The 6-foot-3 wing also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“We got up early, but missed some shots in the first quarter that we probably should have made,” said Hillsboro head coach John Koopman. “The second quarter was really good. Brandon Stanek scored 10 of his 13 in the quarter and Daniel Benish hit both of his 3s in that quarter.”
Stanek, who also had a team-high 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals, scored the majority of his points on the fast break as Hillsboro continually converted Wonewoc turnovers and missed shots into offensive opportunities at the other end.
Stockwell added seven of his 21 in the second.
“We were able to force a lot of turnovers with our press and translate that into easy points,” said Koopman. “I also thought our defense was much better than it has recently been. It was a good game to have because we hadn’t had consistent practices with the weather and game cancellations.”
Hillsboro forced 24 turnovers and held the Wolves to just 31 percent shooting (16 of 51) in the game.
Sophomore Joey Helgerson added 12 points for Hillsboro, and forwards Matt Anderson and Avery Rueckheim scored nine points apiece.
The Tigers traveled to Royall (5–5, 4–2 SBC) on Tuesday night and will next travel to New Lisbon (3–6, 2–4) on Friday before hosting Westby in a non-conference game on Monday.