BLANCHESTER — A 22-1 run that carried through most of the third quarter Friday night helped Hillsboro’s boys basketball team defeat Blanchester 62-47.
The win was the 11th straight for the Indians (15-2). With its seventh loss in its last 10 games, Blanchester fell to 10-8.
Blanchester played its second straight game without all-time leading scorer Brayden Sipple. Weber believes Sipple will return Tuesday night against Williamsburg.
For Hillsboro, it was another impressive team effort to continue its magical season.
“Give Blanchester credit, they battled us hard,” HHS head coach Miles Burton said. “They’ve been battling injuries and gave us everything we wanted. I was happy to come out on top.”
Brad Miller began Hillsboro’s 22-1 run in the final seconds of the first half with a basket to expand the lead to 31-22 at the break.
Hillsboro held Blanchester without a field goal over the final 1:47 of the first half and through the first 7:35 of the third quarter. It was a balanced scoring run, with only Hunter Price having more than two field goals.
At the end of the run, Hillsboro led 51-23 and never looked back.
“They’re really good,” BHS head coach Adam Weber said. “They’re a hammer. Our guys were outsized significantly. Hillsboro’s ability to crash the glass and defend with size made it hard for us without Brayden to get our offensive in rhythm.”
Bryce Sipple led Blanchester with 13 points. Logan Heitzman added 11. Blanchester was ice cold from the outside, making just 4 of 22 from three-point range.
“I’m so proud of these kids,” Weber said. “When you come to a timeout and you’re bleeding, you know you’re playing as hard as you can.”
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021
At Blanchester High School
Hillsboro 62, Blanchester 47
(62) HILLSBORO (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Ethan Perry 1-1-0-3, Quinton Captain 4-1-0-9, Ryan Scott 4-2-0-10, Jakwon Clark 3-2-0-8, Lawson Parry 3-2-0-8, Hunter Price 5-1-1-12, Brad Miller 6-0-0-12. TOTALS 26-9-1-62.
(47) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Bryce Sipple 4-0-5-13, Brison Lucas 2-0-1-5, Bryce Highlander 2-2-1-7, Seth Akers 2-2-1-7, Hunter Hartmann 1-0-0-2, Colton Wilson 1-0-0-2, Logan Heitzman 5-0-1-11. TOTALS 17-4-9-47.
FIELD GOALS: H 26/65 (Miller 6/9, Price 5/10); B 17/47 (Sipple 4/6, Heitzman 5/8)
3 POINT FIELD GOALS: H 9/32; B 4/22
FREE THROWS: H 1/3; B 9/16 (Sipple 5/6)
REBOUNDS: H 40 (Price 15, Miller 9); B 34 (Highlander 6, Wilson 6, Sipple 4, Heitzman 4)
ASSISTS: H 13 (Scott 4); B 6
STEALS: H 16 (Scott 7, Parry 3); B 5
BLOCKED SHOTS: H 1 (Miller 1); B 1 (Heitzman 1)
TURNOVERS: H 15; B 21
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @MattSextonPxP.