It was a relatively quiet week on the Varsity Basketball front for Hillsboro High School as the team played only once. On Friday, February 11th, the Hawks took on the Dragons of DeSoto in an important league game to help determine the Jefferson County Large School Conference champions. The Hawks easily soared to victory in this one, which improved their conference record to 4-1, and overall record to 15-6.
Ironically, the Hawks were the ones breathing fire out of the gate, as they jumped out to an early 22-10 first-quarter lead. Hillsboro kept the fire blazing in the second quarter, adding another 16 to make it a dominant 38-18 first-half lead.
There was no putting out the blaze for DeSoto as the third quarter was more of the same with Hillsboro pouring it on with 24 more points. The Hawks finally hit cruising altitude in the fourth quarter and coasted to an easy 70-39 victory.
One Hawk had a particularly impressive performance. Kyle Phipps went 11 for 14, including two of two from beyond the arc, shooting 79% for 28 points. Kieren Jones was the next leading scorer with 13, followed by Luka Pool with eight. Jones also racked up eight total rebounds.
With only two weeks left in the regular season, each of the final five games for Hillsboro is a must win situation, as the Hawks are currently situated in second place in their conference. Up next this week are three games starting on Tuesday, February 15th, at Potosi, followed by a home game against Kingston, and finally, Hillsboro will host Perryville on Friday.