WESTBY — Westby showed no sign of fatigue Monday night, despite playing its third game in four days.
Junior guard Jesse Solberg made four three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Norseman to a 69–67 upset of Hillsboro (ranked second in Division 5) in a non-conference game Monday night.
The loss was the Tigers’ first of season after beginning the year 12–0.
Solberg scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half, but he got plenty of help from his teammates in the second half.
Westby began the game on a 6–0 run, but Hillsboro tied the game at 20 on a corner three-pointer by senior Ethan Thorsen. Thorsen finished with eight points.
Solberg gave Westby the lead right back, but a triple from the wing by senior Joe Helgerson late in the half tied the game again at 35–35. Helgerson made four of seven from down town in the game and finished with a 20 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Senior standout Max Stockwell was in foul trouble much of the night, and finished with a season-low 11 points and four rebounds.
Fellow senior forward Hunter Stanek picked up the slack on Stockwell’s off night matching Helgerson’s team-high 20 points on eight of nine shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and passed out a team-high five assists.
Stanek scored a layup on the right block on a nice feed from Thorsen to give the Tigers a 54–52 lead with eight minutes remaining, but Westby had one final counter punch, going on a 15–4 run over the next six minutes.
Ross Stalsberg, who scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, scored in the lane to give Westby a two-point lead, then Solberg drilled a three from the top of the key to make it 63–58.
A few minutes later Kyle Anderson’s steal and breakaway layup made it 67–60 and Travis Hofslien made a pair of free throws to close out the win.
Anderson finished with 12 points, while Hofslien made six of eight from the free throw line in the game and finished with 10 points.
Westby made 14 steals and forced Hillsboro into a season-high 18 turnovers.
The Tigers (12–1, 8–0 SBC) will look to get back on the winning track Thursday at Wonwoc–Center (8–7, 4–4) before hosting De Soto (9–4) in a non-conference game Monday night and Brookwood (4–10, 2–6) on Tuesday.
Hillsboro 64, New Lisbon 23
Last Tuesday, Helgerson and Tyler Crandall combined to make 8 of 11 three-pointers and score 30 points in a 64–23 win at New Lisbon (1–12, 0–7).
Helgerson finished with 16 points, three assists and two rebounds. Crandall went 4 of 4 from beyond the arc en route to a season-high 14 points. He also grabbed four rebounds.
Stockwell finished with a game-high 18 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Hillsboro 66, Royall 48
Stockwell scored a game-high 30 points to go along with seven steals, six rebounds and four assists in a 66–48 SBC win over Royall on Friday night.
He broke the all-time scoring record held previously by 2009 Hillsboro High graduate Pat Alexander.
Stanek posted a monster double–double of 13 points and a season-high 16 rebounds.
Helgerson added 14 points, five rebounds and one steal. He has now scored in double figures in five straight games and eight of his last nine. Helgerson is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game.