On Tuesday, the Hillsboro freshman boys basketball team came back from a four point halftime deficit to defeat DeSoto. Friday, the Hawks were down by four at halftime to the Windsor Owls at home. This time, Hillsboro couldn’t muster the kind of comeback they had against DeSoto, and lost 40-33. The loss drops the team’s record to 8-10 on the season.
“We played hard but came up short,” said Andrew Chaves. “It was mostly because of a few plays that cost us the game. We made bad passes and threw the ball away. Windsor was stronger with the ball than we were, and we missed too many easy lay ups and shots. We are still young, and we have some work to do so we can make sure that we have a good season next year, and a strong end to this one.”
Hillsboro led 9-7 after the first period thanks to four points from Xander Johnson. But the Owls outscored the Hawks 13-7 in the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead at the half. The third quarter was the crucial one, as Hillsboro managed just a bucket from Kyle Phipps and one from Cade Wokurka. Meanwhile, Windsor scored ten points and took a 30-20 lead into the fourth quarter.
Hillsboro cut into the Owls’ lead as Jerex Coose scored six points and Phipps netted five. There just wasn’t enough juice left in the tank as the Hawks fell 40-33.
Phipps scored nine points to lead Hillsboro while Wokurka and Coose added six points each. Jeremiah Horton finished the night with five points, and Johnson added four. Chaves chipped in with two point, while Patrick Lee added one point.
The Seckman Jaguars will come to Hillsboro on Thursday for the freshman team’s next game. Tip off is at 4:30 p.m.