Hiltoppers Sprint Past Lancers


County rivals met in Hillsboro Tuesday evening, Dec. 7, when Lincolnwood’s boys basketball team visited the Toppers gym, and each team brought a supportive crowd. Hillsboro prevailed in both games, winning 69-53 in varsity action and 59-47 in the preliminary contest.

The varsity game saw Hillsboro blitz the Lancers with a 46-20 halftime advantage; to their credit, the Lincolnwood-Morrisonville co-op team made adjustments at halftime to outscore their hosts 33-23 in the second half, holding Hillsboro to only six third quarter points, their lowest quarter point total yet in a 4-2 season. (Flora held them to seven in the first quarter of the only game the Toppers lost in their second contest in Carlyle). Thanks to eight points each by Gavin Matoush and Drake Vogel in the opening quarter Tuesday, the Toppers jumped to 6-0 and then 13-9 leads in the first four minutes while using a 1-2-2 ball press - a defense first relied upon in Hillsboro when Harland Scheibal roamed the sidelines.

A trey by Lancer Braden Whalen, whose game-high 23 points were built on a nine point first quarter, cut the margin to five; a minute later, another Whalen bucket made it 17-13. Matoush went to work inside though, and Vogel stroked a three a second before the quarter’s-over buzzer. The four point lead was suddenly nine.

Vogel’s reverse lay-up, a Blaze Helton free throw, and another Vogel trey as the second quarter began gave the Toppers a 13-0 run and a 31-13 lead. When Matoush went end to end with a rebound, the run was 15-0; a Bryce Connor three made the run 18-0, and victory seemed assured. A free throw by Gabe Armentrout broke the string of Hillsboro consecutive points, but much damage to the Lancer hopes had been done. It was Lincolnwood’s lowest quarter in terms of point production (seven) as Hillsboro switched to their man defense and controlled the pace.

The third quarter clearly belonged to Lincolnwood as Whalen opened the scoring and six Lancers scored. Hillsboro had a meager nine turnovers in the game, but the majority were in the third quarter; the shooters who couldn’t miss in the first half didn’t shoot often in the second. (Vogel had 18 first half points, but only two - on a steal and layup - in the second). A drive by Will Jenkins resulted in an old-fashioned three late in the third period to cut the Topper lead from 26 at half to 15 entering the fourth quarter, but it was still a tall mountain to climb.

However, a Jenkins trey with 5:44 to play sliced the margin to 12 (56-44), and Helton went from one foul to four quickly as play progressed. His presence in the middle as a passer and rebounder is hard to replicate. This time teammates Blaine Stewart (four points), Will Christian (a three), Vogel, and Deklan Riggs (the final basket) kept the lead at ten or above, allowing Hillsboro to dribble out the last 15 seconds at mid court.

Matoush (22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal), Vogel (20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a blocked shot), Christian (9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals), and Helton (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and two blocked shots) dominated the Hillsboro stats. sheet.

Hillsboro also won the junior varsity game, leading 19-9 at the first quarter break and 34-15 at half. Lincolnwood won the second half, 32-25, giving Hillsboro their 59-47 win.

Hillsboro was to host Pana this Friday, Dec. 10; however Pana is under a COVID quarantine and those contests will be Dec. 22. Lincolnwood’s next opponent is Okaw Valley on Dec. 10. Both teams are in action at the Terry Todt Shootout in Nokomis on Saturday; the Lady Toppers play Litchfield at 11 a.m. while the boys play Athens at 12:30. The Lancer boys play Litchfield at 3:30.

December 7 at Hillsboro

Lincolnwood 13 7 17 16 53

Hillsboro 22 24 6 17 69

Lincolnwood (53) - Braden Whalen 23, Will Jenkins 14, Gabe Armentrout 8, Brady Schmedeke 4, Jonah Elvidge 2, Izayah Matli 2. Totals: 21 8-15 53.

Hillsboro (69) - Gavin Matoush 22, Drake Vogel 20, Will Christian 9, Blaze Helton 7, Blaine Stewart 4, Bryce Connor 3, Jace Stewart 2, Deklan Riggs 2. Totals: 30 4-7 69.

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 3 (Jenkins 2, Whalen 1); Hillsboro 5 (Vogel 3, Conner 1, Christian 1).

Records: Lincolnwood (2-4), Hillsboro (4-2).


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