After holding the lead after the first three quarters, the Hillsboro boys junior varsity basketball team saw its lead slip away in the fourth quarter Tuesday at Potosi. After being outscored 17-10 in the final period, the Hawks dropped a 46-41 decision to the Trojans. The loss makes the HHS JV record 6-4 on the season.
Kyle Phipps led Hillsboro with seven points in the first half as the Hawks led 14-8 after one quarter, and 25-21 at halftime. But HHS could manage only 16 points in the second half. “In the first half, what I saw was that we started out fairly strong,” Kyle Besand pointed out. “We were getting some pretty good looks at the rim, our offense was pretty good, but our defense could have been better. In the second half, their pressuring the ball got to us, and it led to many turnovers leading to layups or fouls. That eventually allowed them to take a lead over us.”
Hillsboro still held a 31-29 lead after the third quarter, but Potosi made a living at the free throw line during the contest. They converted 15 free throws on the night. The Trojans made seven free throws in the fourth quarter alone, which was the difference in the five point game.
Phipps hit for 14 points. Both he and Besand scored five points in the fourth quarter, but they were the only Hillsboro players to score. Besand finished the night with nine points. Noah Holland and Patrick Lee each scored six points, while Andrew Chaves chipped in with four points. Cade Wokurka finished the night with two points.
The Hawks will try to rebound on Friday as they take on the Festus Tigers. The home game begins at 5:30 p.m.