CHILLICOTHE – The Hillsboro Indians went the distance against the Unioto Shermans in their Division II SE District Sectional Semifinals on Tuesday night, Feb. 18, at Southeastern High School, 45-38.
The Indians(9-14) played hard against the higher-seeded Shermans(20-3) until the very end of the game though Unioto led the game at the end of every quarter Hillsboro never gave up and kept the game tight until the final buzzer of contest.
Hillsboro jumped in front with a six point lead in the first quarter, Unioto then called a timeout with 4:44 left to gain their composure back. The Shermans took the quarter back starting with a three pointer by Josh Lambert at 3:52 that gave the Ross County team the momentum to take back the lead to end the quarter, 10-6.
The Tribe started the second quarter with Jakwon Clark scoring an early two points at 7:43 but Unioto didn’t allow Hillsboro to take the quarter as they scored consistently to keep the lead going into halftime, 21-15.
The Shermans only outscored the Indians by two points coming back from halftime but still upheld their lead but Hillsboro never backed down as they went into the fourth quarter trailing, 35-27.
Caleb Crawford came into the fourth quarter with a quick four points, followed by Hunter Pence with two more points. Unioto gave up the lead for a very short period of time as they started using the clock to their advantage to gain the lead back and Hillsboro began to foul to save the time and to try to gain the ball back but shots would not fall for the Highland County team and they ended losing by a seven point margin to end their season.
“Our effort was awesome all night long, I’m just proud of this team.”
“We didn’t have record we wanted at the beginning of the season but it has nothing to do with the lack of effort.”
“We got two excellent seniors in Caleb Crawford and Silas Simmons, who have paved the way for this basketball team for the future.”
“I give credit to Hillsboro, the kids and the parents have been awesome and the support has great and I’m so excited to see what the future holds.” stated by Coach Myles Burton
HILLSBORO 6 9 10 11 38
UNIOTO 10 11 14 10 45
INDIANS (FG-3FG-FT-TP) SCOTT 1-1-0-5 CLARK 5-0-0-10 PENCE 4-1-0-11 CRAWFORD 4-0-4-12 TOTAL POINTS 14-2-4-38
SHERMANS (FG-3FG-FT-TP) CAMERON DEBORD 0-0-2-2 CARSON DEBORD 1-0-0-2 LITTLE 3-1-5-14 JOSH LAMBERT 5-2-0-16 JEREMY LAMBERT 2-0-0-4 PARK 1-0-0-2 MARKKO 0-0-1-1 WHEELER 2-0-0-4 TOTAL POINTS 14-3-8-45
Reach Tate Erkenbrecher at 937-402-2572.