The Hillsboro boys varsity basketball team improved to 12-3 on the season with a 67-49 victory at Potosi on Tuesday. The win was the Hawks’ fourth straight since a loss to Park Hills Central on December 30.
The strong start to Tuesday’s contest was essential to the Hawks’ victory. To a man, that seemed to be the consensus. Hillsboro led 21-8 after the first quarter and 34-16 at halftime. “Our effort and energy to start the game was key for us,” head coach Dan Johnson noted. “We had active hands defensively to force some turnovers and help us get some transition baskets.” Ethan Worley scored 15 first half points and said ball movement was key. “We passed well and penetrated the middle over and over to get easy baskets.” Evan Worley had a big first half as well, knocking down seven points. “We came out ready to get things done to help us in the second half,” he said.
In the second half, the Trojans kept up with Hillsboro with each team scoring 33 points. “That same activity wasn’t there in the second half,” Coach Johnson admitted. “We have to do a better job of locking in for 32 minutes defensively, while being stronger with the ball on offense.”
HHS had three players score in double figures as Ethan Worley led the way with 22 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Evan Worley ended the night with 16 points and three blocked shots. Zach Whaley had a nice night, netting 13 points, cleaning the boards for a team-high ten rebounds, and dishing off five assists. Mark Moore finished with nine points and five steals, while Garrett Pinkley scored nine points. The Hawks were guilty of 18 turnovers on the night.
Hillsboro will return to its home court on Friday with a varsity contest against Festus. Tip off is scheduled for around 7 p.m.