The Hillsboro boys varsity basketball team had little trouble taking care of business Monday, as the team opened the 2019 Gene Steighorst Tournament with a resounding 87-30 victory over the Northwest Lions. The win advances the Hawks to a semifinal matchup against Windsor on Friday.
HHS was on fire from the get-go, especially guard Ethan Worley. The senior guard drained five three-pointers in the first quarter. He said he was certainly feeling good shooting the ball. “Yes I was,” he said confidently after the game. “I was just locked in and ready for the game today.” Hillsboro also got two threes from Mark Moore in the quarter as the team raced out to a 27-5 first quarter lead. It was 50-9 at halftime.
Head coach Daniel Johnson said the beginning of the game was crucial for the Hawks. “We just wanted to start the game with great focus and energy, and we did that and got off to a hot start.” For the remainder of the game, Worley said the emphasis was defense. “We were focused on getting stops and working on communicating with each other,” he said.
Ten different Hawks scored in the game last night. The shooting stats were eye popping, as Hillsboro made 17 two pointers, and 15 three pointers. The team shot over 54 percent for the night, and were 15-of-30 from beyond the stripe. The team was led by both Ethan Worley and Logan Smith, as each finished with 21 points. Smith scored 11 points in the second quarter and hit four three pointers in the process. Evan Worley knocked down 14 points including a three. He also collected nine rebounds. Kyle Phipps was the other Hillsboro player in double figures, finishing with ten points. He also added a three.
Moore scored six points and dished off seven assists. Zach Whaley had a really nice night scoring five points (one three), gathering seven rebounds, collecting seven assists, and four steals. Rounding out the scoring was Ryan Cox with three points (a three pointer, of course), Garrett Pinkley with three, along with five rebounds, and Werner Finder along with Kyle Besand with two points each.
With Windsor beating Festus, 65-53 in last night’s first game, it sets up an interesting matchup on Friday. The Hawks will take on the Owls, now guided by former Hillsboro assistant coach Jason Gillman. “Friday will be a great challenge for our guys,” Coach Johnson said. “Windsor has some really good players and are well coached.” Tip off time for the game is slated for 5:30 p.m.