The Hillsboro boys varsity basketball team will advance to the Sechrest Central Christmas Tournament semifinals after beating Arcadia Valley Saturday, 50-39. The Hawks are now 8-2 on the season, and are winners of their last four games.
Saturday’s contest was an example of the Hawks adjusting to just about any style of play that is thrown at them. Hillsboro has scored over 70 points four times this season, but Saturday’s offensive output was its lowest of the season. Number 11 seed Arcadia Valley, who had upset #6 Ste. Genevieve the night before, had ideas of doing the same to the third seed on Saturday, leading the Hawks 14-12 after the first eight minutes. And at halftime, Hillsboro had come back, but led only 25-22. Hillsboro’s offense just wasn’t clicking, and so adjustments had to be made. “Since shots weren’t really falling tonight, we all had to try to run the offense a little longer to get those open shots,” Evan Worley pointed out after the contest. And Worley also mentioned changing styles never bother the team. “It’s always fun to be able to change up the way we play and adapt to it,” he said.
So Worley did the same. Known for his inside presence, he popped out and hit three three-pointers in the contest. The Hawks extended their lead to 35-28 after three quarters. Then, with the help of Logan Smith‘s five-of-six free throw shooting in the final quarter, secured the win by 11 points.
Evan Worley led the team with 19 points. He grabbed nine rebounds and blocked seven shots. Mark Moore followed with 14 points and six rebounds. He pointed out that when shots aren’t falling, the other side of the floor becomes even more important. “We played hard on defense, and that made up for our lack of shooting prowess,” he said. “It’s good to learn that we can win when don’t hit shots.”
Garrett Pinkley finished the night with seven points and a blocked shot, while Smith hit those five free throws. Ethan Worley also accounted for five points and four steals.