Hillsboro Girls To Play For 5th

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Two blowouts and a close loss to a good PORTA squad put the Hillsboro girls basketball team in the fifth place bracket at the Riverton Christmas Classic, held Dec. 27-30 on the Lady Hawks’ home floor.

Hillsboro opened up play in the 16-team tourney on Monday, Dec. 27, with Heyworth, who they handled 67-18 to start the week off on a high note.

Pool play would be a showcase for Hillsboro junior Layne Rupert, who scored 26 points in the win over the Hornets. She was far from alone in the scorebook, though, as all nine players who dressed for Coach Bret Tuetken’s club scored at least one point in the win.

Hillsboro led 10-5 after eight minutes but their lead really took off in the second quarter. Heyworth was held to just three points in the quarter, while the Toppers exploded for 24, getting three threes and 15 points from Rupert.

Things went from bad to worse for the Hornets in the third quarter as Hillsboro topped their previous total by one, outscoring Heyworth 25-7 in the frame. Rupert added seven more points, but the Toppers also got it done in the paint, getting six from Addison Lowe and five from Alex Frailey in the quarter.

Lowe had another big quarter in the fourth, scoring five more points as Hillsboro cruised to a 49-point win, their ninth of the year.

In addition to Rupert, who had four threes in the game, and Lowe, who finished with 13 points, Hillsboro also got nine points from Alex Frailey. 

Sierra Compton, Aubrey Evans and Meagan White each added four, while Kenadie Carlock and Ally Schnarre finished with three apiece. Sophia Blankenship completed the full house of scorers, hitting a fourth quarter free throw to get into the scoring column.

PORTA

While Tuesday’s 9 a.m. match-up against PORTA was the Toppers’ only loss of pool play, it may have been one of the best games of the tournament to that point. Hillsboro kept with the 11-2 Bluejays for the better part of three and a half quarters before PORTA pulled away for a 56-64 victory.

The Jays led wire-to-wire in the first quarter, taking an early five point lead. But every time PORTA threatened to pull away, Hillsboro answered, with Layne Rupert scoring seven points and Alex Frailey adding two to keep it a one-point game, 10-9, after eight minutes.

Thirty seconds into the second quarter, Hillsboro took their first lead on a basket by Sophia Blankenship, but the advantage would be short-lived. PORTA used a combination of Cassie Cox underneath and Jayce Privia driving the lane to stay out in front. Cox finished the quarter with six points, while Privia added nine, using a picture perfect one-handed floater to keep her team out in front.

The Bluejays still weren’t able to shake the Toppers, who kept the game within two to three possessions throughout the second, with six different players finding the scoring column. When the halftime horn sounded, Hillsboro was still within striking distance as PORTA led 28-22.

The lead stayed in that range for much of the third quarter, before Hillsboro went on a run in the final four minutes to not only close the gap, but take the lead momentarily.

Seven quick points from Frailey, Rupert and Sierra Compton turned a 34-27 deficit into a tie ball game with 2:38 to play in the third. PORTA hit two free throws and an old fashion three-point play (one of five they’d have a chance for in the game) to bounce the lead back to five, but four points from Addison Lowe and a buck from Rupert gave Hillsboro a 40-39 lead, their first since the early moments of the second quarter.

It looked as if the score might stay in Hillsboro’s favor, but Karlie Hoke hit a free throw in the final 14 seconds to make it 40-40 with eight minutes to play.

Be it Hillsboro’s effort it took to get back into the game or some other factor, the fourth quarter belonged to the Bluejays. They’d score the first four points of the quarter and never led by fewer than six points in the final four minutes.

It wasn’t for lack of effort on the Toppers’ part, though, as they scored a respectable 16 points, eight fewer than PORTA’s 24-point explosion.

Layne Rupert had nine of those 16 points as she finished with 25 in the game. Alex Frailey and Addison Lowe chipped in nine and seven, while Sierra Compton added six. Meagan White (4), Kenadie Carlock (3) and Sophia Blankenship (2) also scored for the Toppers.

Pawnee

After the tough loss, the Toppers changed venues to the Riverton Middle School and ended pool play on a high note with a 59-27 win over Pawnee.

Like they did against Heyworth, Hillsboro turned a close game into a blowout with a big second and third quarter. The Toppers led just 11-10 after eight minutes of play, but outscored Pawnee 23-6 in the second and 18-5 in the third to take a 52-21 lead going into the final frame. Hillsboro would outscore the Indians one more time in the fourth to finish off the 32-point win.

Layne Rupert had her sixth straight game of 20 points or more, finishing with 21 points, including three threes. Alex Frailey also reached double figures with 10 points, followed by Sierra Compton with eight, Addison Lowe with seven, Kenadie Carlock with six, Ally Schnarre with five and Aubrey Evans with two.

The win gave Hillsboro a 2-1 record in pool play and moved them into the fifth place bracket on Wednesday, Dec. 29, where they would face the host school, Riverton.

Riverton

Any thought of a letdown after a solid pool play performance was put to rest on Wednesday, as they defeated Riverton 41-30 to advance to the fifth place game.

The Hawks finally found a way to put the brakes on Layne Rupert, holding her to 10 points, but weren’t able to solve the Topper defense as they scored in single digits in three of the four quarters.

One of those single digit frames was the first, as Hillsboro led 12-9 after eight minutes. The Toppers had a chance to add to their lead in the second quarter, but went 1-for-7 from the free-throw line and settled for an 11-11 frame and a 23-20 halftime lead.

In the third, it was the Hawks’ turn to struggle from the charity stripe as they missed all seven of the free throws they took in the third quarter. That, combined with just three field goals by Riverton, Hillsboro was able to add to their lead, making it 32-26 with eight minutes to play.

While the free-throw line was a menace in the second, it was more kind in the fourth as Layne Rupert hit three of her four attempts to help sew up the victory.

Rupert and Alex Frailey both finished with 10 points to lead Hillsboro, while Sierra Compton added eight. Kenadie Carlock (5), Sophia Blankenship (3), Meagan White (3) and Ally Schnarre (2) also scored for Hillsboro, who was held to their lowest point total of the tournament.

With the win, Hillsboro moves on to the fifth place game, where they will meet a familiar foe in the form of the Auburn Trojans. The Trojans, who beat Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 47-24 on Wednesday, lost to the Toppers on Dec. 20, 62-49, thanks to 22 points from Layne Rupert and 20 from Alex Frailey.

The fifth place game will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawk Center on the campus of Riverton High School. 

December 27 at Riverton

Riverton Christmas Classic

Hillsboro 10 24 25 8 67

Heyworth 5 3 7 3 18

Hillsboro (67) - Layne Rupert 26, Addison Lowe 13, Alex Frailey 9, Meagan White 4, Aubrey Evans 4, Sierra Compton 4, Kenadie Carlock 3, Ally Schnarre 3, Sophia Blankenship 1. Totals: 25 11-19 67.

Heyworth (18) - Brooke Monteggia 7, Ava Longfellow 3, Ava Riddle 3, Kyra Denning 3, Raeghan Morefield 2. Totals: 6 2-4 18.

Three-point field goals: Hillsboro 6 (Rupert 4, Compton 1, Carlock 1); Heyworth 4 (Monteggia 2, Denning 1, Riddle 1).

Records: Hillsboro (9-4); Heyworth (6-8).

December 28 at Riverton

Riverton Christmas Classic

Hillsboro 9 13 18 16 56

PORTA 10 18 12 24 64

Hillsboro (56) - Layne Rupert 25, Alex Frailey 9, Addison Lowe 7, Sierra Compton 6, Meagan White 4, Kenadie Carlock 3, Sophia Blankenship 2. Totals: 24 5-11 56.

PORTA (64) - Jayce Privia 20, Zoe Danner 12, Cassie Cox 12, Karlie Hoke 11, Abby Bell 7, Chloe Cox 2.  Totals: 25 11-19 64.

Three-point field goals: Hillsboro 3 (Rupert 3); PORTA 3 (Danner 2, Privia 1). 

Records: Hillsboro (9-5); PORTA (11-2).

December 28 at Riverton

Riverton Christmas Classic

Hillsboro 11 23 18 7 59

Pawnee 10 6 5 6 27

Hillsboro (59) - Layne Rupert 21, Alex Frailey 10, Sierra Compton 8, Addison Lowe 7, Kenadie Carlock 6, Ally Schnarre 5, Aubrey Evans 2. Totals: 24 7-14 59.

Pawnee (27) - Riley Schutt 6, Sarah Olson 6, Morgan Langheim 5, Lexi Wilson 4, Kaycie Berry 2, Ashlyn Kern 2, Izzy Fugnitti 2. Totals: 12 3-14 27.

Three-point field goals: Hillsboro 4 (Rupert 3, Schnarre 1); Pawnee 0.

Records: Hillsboro (10-5); PORTA (11-2).

December 29 at Riverton

Riverton Christmas Classic

Hillsboro 12 11 9 9 41

Riverton 9 11 6 4 30

Hillsboro (41) - Layne Rupert 10, Alex Frailey 10, Sierra Compton 8, Kenadie Carlock 5, Sophia Blankenship 3, Meagan White 3, Ally Schnarre 2. Totals: 16 8-14 41.

Riverton (30) - Chloe Kendall 11, Hollie Petitt 10, Brandy Petitt 4, Katelyn Truesdale 2. Tori Scales 3, 

Three-point field goals: Hillsboro 1 (Carlock 1); Riverton

Records: Hillsboro (11-5); Riverton (7-8).

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