The Hillsboro Hawks Freshman Boys Basketball squad ran by the De Soto Dragons 44-22 on Friday and improved to 16-5 on the season.
This one started slow on both sides. Both teams took some time to settle into their offenses and didn’t score much early on. Luka Pool and Chase Sucharski each had a basket for Hillsboro’s only points in the first. De Soto scored five and went ahead 5-4 by the end of the quarter.
“I personally think that we had a rough start into the first quarter. ” Nick Marchetti said. “With all the snow days and lack of practice, we worked hard to get back on track in the second quarter.”
Things picked up for the Hawks and simultaneously slowed down for the Dragons in the second quarter. Payton Brown got on the board with six points, Sucharski helped with three more and AJ Heuszel hit a shot from beyond the arc for his first points of the game. All this while De Soto’s offense nearly came to a complete stop. They scored one basket in the quarter and surrendered the lead to the Hawks. Hillsboro was ahead 19-7 at the half.
The Dragons continued to struggle to score the ball in the second half, as Hillsboro’s defense did their best to make everything difficult for De Soto. The Hawks held them to only four points in the quarter. Heuszel added six points to his total in the third, while Brown went 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. The Hawks outscored the Dragons 13-4 and held a 32-11 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
De Soto had its best quarter of the game in the fourth, scoring 11 points, but still couldn’t cut into the Hawks’ lead. Hueszel kept putting the ball in the basket, scoring three more points in the fourth. Jack Prince scored his first four points of the game, and Dominic Sutton got on the board with a basket as well. The Hawks outscored De Soto 12-11 and secured the 44-22 victory.
“We got back into what we have been doing the whole year, which is getting touches on the ball on defense and pushing the ball up the court in transition,” Marchetti said. “When we put all those aspects into our game, we become a great team.”
Eight different Hawks scored in the contest. Hueszel led the way with 13 points. Brown was second on the team with eight and Sucharski, Pool and Gavin Hite were just behind him with five points each. Prince ended with four points, while Marchetti and Sutton each had one basket.
“Our biggest factor was certainly getting the ball up the court. ” Sucharski said. “We were pretty rusty having not had practice or a game since last Friday, so I feel like that is what helped get us the win.”
This Freshman Hawks club has impressed this season, and their 16-5 record can’t be overlooked. They make their opponents work on a nightly basis. Hillsboro is building for the future, and their Freshman team is a great example of that.
Their next challenge is against Farmington on Tuesday, Feb. 16th.