If the Hillsboro Hawks boys varsity basketball team was suffering from cabin fever over the last few days with the snowy weather we’ve had, it sure didn’t show Thursday night at North County. The team drained 14 three-pointers en route to a 79-48 drubbing of the Raiders. Hillsboro is now 5-2 on the season.
“We had a long lay-off due to the weather, and we weren’t able to practice for three straight days,” head coach Daniel Johnson said. “That was concerning given we usually only have one day off per week.”
But the Hawks alleviated any concerns to open the contest. Ethan Worley scored seven p0ints, and Logan Smith tallied five in the first quarter to help Hillsboro to a 19-6 first quarter lead. “These guys came in Wednesday focused and ready for a good long practice,” Coach Johnson recalled. “And that focus carried over to tonight’s game. Our energy was great from the start of the game, and didn’t waver due to circumstances…that’s how we have to play every night.”
Smith continued his hot shooting, netting ten points in the second quarter as HHS took a 39-25 lead into halftime. But a 13 point advantage in the third quarter spelled North County’s doom as Hillsboro put the game out of reach. The Raiders must have been shell shocked as Hillsboro made the three-pointer a deadly weapon the entire night. The Hawks scored 42 points from beyond the arc, led by Smith’s six treys. Ethan Worley had four, while Eric Schneider nailed two. Mark Moore and Garrett Pinkley joined in the fun with one apiece. Hillsboro scored 14 three pointers, and 15 two pointers.
And the Hawks weren’t just throwing up shots just to see if they’d fall. HHS shot 14-of-22 from three-point land for a torrid 64 percent. Smith had a terrific game, scoring in every quarter and tallying 26 points on the night. Right on his heels was Ethan Worley, who’s hottest quarter was the third with nine points (all threes), as he ended the night with 22 points. He also added eight rebounds and a block.
Moore knocked down nine points while dishing off nine assists and collecting two steals. Pinkley finished with seven points, and Schneider had six. Evan Worley chipped in with three points, six rebounds, and two blocks, while Ryan Cox ended the night with two points. Ethan Whaley did his thing to the tune of six rebounds and five assists.