The Hillsboro girls varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start on Monday in the consolation final of the Kingston/West County Christmas Invitational. Despite showing marked improvement throughout the tournament, the Hawks couldn’t muster much of anything that was positive today, losing to the DeSoto Dragons, 49-25. Hillsboro leaves the tournament going 2-2, and ends 2019 with a record of 3-8.
“We came out slow today, and DeSoto did a good job of applying pressure on us, as we turned the ball over too many times,” head coach Andrew Hubbard pointed out. The Hawks fell behind 14-7 after one quarter, then fell behind even further at halftime, trailing by 12 at 24-12. “We needed to take care of the basketball better, and then their defense in the half court set did a good job of not letting us get easy baskets on the inside,” Dreyer explained.
Payton Bingman scored five first half points to lead Hillsboro, but as the team came out after halftime, things got worse. The Dragons outscored Hillsboro 17-2, the Hawks just getting two points from Alicen Dietrich, and the DeSoto lead was 41-14. “We struggled shooting the ball, and they didn’t allow us many offensive rebounds for second chance points,” Hubbard said. “Defensively, we didn’t move our feet as well as we had our last few games, and the effort wasn’t the same either. We had an off game today, but my girls have done a good job of responding with great effort after a tough game, so I’m sure my girls will do a really good job our next game.”
Bingman finished as the top scorer for Hillsboro, notching eight points. The Hawks played their fourth game in five days, and Bingman thought that may have played a factor. “I believe that fatigue did affect parts of the game,” she said, “but we also didn’t come out ready to play, so it caught up to us.”
Dietrich netted six points, while Kenzie Golden had four. Maya LaPlante finished with three points, and Zoe Wood had two points. “I am proud of my girls,” Coach Hubbard concluded. “We got two hard fought wins in the tournament, and have shown a lot of progress already this season.”
The Hawks will return to action on Thursday, January 9 at St. Pius. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.