Hillsboro’s Lady Indians varsity basketball team got their season off to a good start with a 58-50 win over the Fayetteville Lady Rockets on Monday at Hillsboro High School.
Hillsboro did not have a player in double figures but, the Lady Indians did have eight players score at least two points in the victory.
Fayetteville was led by Cecilia Murphy who had 18 points and four assists, Murphy tallied three triples in the third quarter to help the Lady Rockets climb back into the game.
Hillsboro opened the game strong scoring seven unanswered points to jump out to an early 7-0 lead.
The Lady Rockets refused to go quietly and fought back to within two points at 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Indians dominated the second quarter of the game outscoring the Lady Rockets 17-4 to take a 15 point lead into halftime at 30-15.
Fayetteville came out of the half on a mission and quickly flipped the script on the Lady Indians as they clawed back into the game on the back of Murphy’s three pointers and a laser focused defense.
The Lady Rockets outscored Hillsboro 17-7 in the third quarter to get the game to within five heading into the final frame.
Hillsboro was able to hold onto the lead throughout the fourth quarter.
As fouls began to mount against the Lady Rockets it became clear that Hillsboro would have to hit free throws in order to win the game.
The Lady Indians had struggled at the line much of the night going a combined four of 10 in the first three quarters of the game.
However, in the fourth, when it mattered most Hillsboro was able to step to the line and convert 11 of 14 freebies they attempted in the fourth to secure the win.
The Lady Indians won the turnover battle on the night, despite coughing the ball up 17 times, as they forced the Lady Rockets to turn the ball over 27 times.
Hillsboro head coach J.R. Moberly was happy with the win but knows there are things his team needs to improve on.
“It is nice when so many kids are in the scoring column. The good thing is we still have something to do in practice tomorrow,” said Moberly.
The Lady Indians have two more games on the schedule this week starting on Wednesday when they travel to Milford to take on the Lady Eagles. Hillsboro will also be on the road Saturday when they travel to Washington Court House to take on the Lady Blue Lions in their first ever Frontier Athletic Conference basketball game.
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