The Hillsboro junior varsity boys basketball team stands at 16-3 on the season after a 49-34 win Friday at home over Windsor. This team is obviously having a great season, but to most of them, this success is not a surprise. They say it’s because a standard has been set, and they’ve worked hard to meet it.
“I can’t really say I’m surprised because I know the amount of work my teammates are putting in over the offseason,” said Eric Schneider who scored 16 points against the Owls. “Our coaches are constantly pushing us to do better.” Schneider scored nine points in the third quarter to help the Hawks to a nine point advantage heading into the fourth period. Schneider teamed with Logan Smith to throw down eight three pointers combined for Hillsboro. Schneider had three, and Smith drained five. Smith led all scorers with 18 points.
After a bit of a slow start, Hillsboro held an 8-5 advantage after the first quarter. But Windsor came back to lead 21-19 at halftime. It was a 16-5 scoring advantage in the third quarter that helped the Hawks take control of the game, surging out to a nine point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Kyle Besand says familiarity helps build the success for the team. “We have all been playing together for years, and we have developed great team chemistry.”
Werner Finder knows that because the team has been together for awhile, they push each other. “My teammates and I knew we could play at this level. We keep striving to get better.”
Jack Politte says it’s fun to see the team continue to develop. “It’s a great to win, but it’s always better when you get to do it with your team,” he says. “Everyone has improved a lot over the years, and it’s showing, but the year isn’t over yet and we need to bring our ‘A’ game and energy to our last games and finish strong.”
After Schneider and Smith, the Hawks got four points from Zach Whaley and Jasiah Tullock, three points from Politte, and two points each from Besand and Ryan Cox. Hillsboro will play Seckman next in a home game on Thursday at 5:30.
The Hawks will be ready.
And that’s no surprise.