The Hillsboro girls basketball team was within arms reach of the Rockets the entire night on Wednesday, going into the fourth quarter only down six points. They had an opportunity to take over the game in the beginning quarter but a surge by Fayetteville left Hillsboro with the 74-54 loss.
In a side note for the game, Fayetteville’s Megan Eyre scored her 1000th career point in the third quarter at the 6:25 mark with a three pointer from the left side. The game was paused and Eyre received the ball that she shot to get the milestone. She had a few hugs with her family and then play resumed.
Foul shots were a thorn in the Lady Indians side for the entire night going only 7 for 22 from the charity stripe.
“We didn’t do a very good job from the line tonight.” said Hillsboro coach JR Moberly after the loss. “If we can make some free throws here and there, especially in the fourth [quarter], we’re a little closer and don’t have to take as many chances later in the game.”
The Lady Indians came into the fourth quarter only down by six points and put up five quick points to start the final part of the game. Madison Snyder started the fourth with a short jumper in the paint but the Rockets came right back with a two pointer of their own. Hannah Kibler came down the court and managed to get a tough shot up at 6:56, but after that, the Lady Rockets turned it on and ran away with the game. Over the next two minutes and 45 seconds, Fayetteville rattled off 12 unanswered points to bring the score to 65-49. A foul sent Madison Snyder to the line where she was only able to make one of the two shots but she came back down the court a minute later and was able to fight through the Lady Rockets back line for a layup to make it 65-52. At 2:03, Hillsboro’s Kaylynn Bell made it to the line for a one-and-one opportunity but failed to make the first shot and Fayetteville took the ball down the court and Makayla Rosselot found the bottom of the net with a deep three pointer. The Lady Indians were only able to muster up two more points, coming with 38 seconds on the clock but it was too late as the score was 70-54. The Lady Rockets put up four more points before the final buzzer bringing the tally and the final score to 74-54.
“We had an opportunity to beat them in the fourth quarter.” said coach Moberly of Hillsboro. “We were only down three there in the first minute or so but a couple bad passes allowed [Fayetteville] to go on that run and basically that was the game right there.”
The girls played their hearts out tonight.” Moberly continued. “I can’t fault them on their effort. I really thinkwe just ran out of gas there at the end. I know we gave up 74 points tonight but I was really happy with out defensive play in this game. Fayetteville is one of the best offensice teams we’ll see this year and if you can guard them man-to-man all night and do as well as we did, I’m very happy with that.”
Hillsboro’s Madison Snyder picked up her third double double in as many games getting 16 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Trista Rhodes also helped her team in passing notching five assists.
The Lady Indians fell to 1-2 on the year and will face off against Chillicothe this Saturday at Chillicothe.
“[Chillicothe] is very similar to Fayetteville in that they are very physical and have a similar game play style.” coach Moberly said about the upcoming game against Chillicothe. “I think tonight’s game did well to prepare us for them.”
FHS – 13 20 17 24 – 74
HHS – 16 11 17 10 – 54
Fayetteville: M. Rosselot 5(3) 10/12 – 29, M. Eyre 2(3) 2/2 – 15, C. Burroughs 4 2/2 – 10, L. Smyth 3(1) – 9. Totals: 16(8) 18/23 – 74.
Hillsboro: M. Snyder 7 2/5 – 16, K. Bell 4(1) 2/10 – 13, H. Kibler 3 3/6 – 9, F. Middleton 3 0/1 – 6, K. Juillerat 1(1) – 5, T. Rhodes 1(1) – 5. Totals: 19(3) 7/22 – 54.