Kelton Anderson, left, and Ty Haithcock are pictured for Hillsboro during their SCOL game against Chillicothe Tuesday night at HHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Kelton Anderson, left, and Ty Haithcock are pictured for Hillsboro during their SCOL game against Chillicothe Tuesday night at HHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The pressure of the Chillicothe Cavaliers, mixed with the visitors shooting well and injuries, all were a perfect storm for the Hillsboro Indians Tuesday night in South Central Ohio League play. The Indians were troubled with the press of the Cavs, leading to a 89-52 loss.

Hillsboro (1-5, 1-9) played without Marshall Ward and Philip Mycroft, as both are recovering from injuries, but the Indians still played with strong effort, with Kelton Anderson leading the Tribe with 20 points, including seven two-point baskets and two 3-pointers. Senior Ty Haithcock came off the bench to make three 3-pointers, with two in the second quarter and one in the third. Cameron Reed followed with eight points for HHS.

“Obviously, the first-half pressure, we didn’t handle well at all,” Hillsboro head coach Bruce Miles said. “We just threw it all over the gym, and it did kind of feel like at times [Chillicothe] had 10 guys out there. We did a real poor job of handling the pressure in the first half and dug too big of a hole to climb out of.

“On the flip side, in the second half, I was extremely proud of our effort. The guys never gave up, even though we had a pretty big deficit. They fought in the second half and played their tails off and kept fighting, so I’m proud of our guys.”

Even with those efforts, the Cavaliers, who totaled 10 3-pointers in the win, were too athletic and strong for the Indians, with CHS crashing the boards, forcing turnovers and never trailing in the game. The Cavaliers (4-2, 5-5) opened the game with 10 straight points, leading by that amount less than four minutes into the game.

Chillicothe’s 10-0 run began with Hunter Coffland scoring the first points of the game, followed with eight consecutive points by Branden Maughmer. Maughmer finished tied with a team-high 19 points in the win, as Simon Roderick also tallied 19 points for the Cavaliers.

Ethan Watson broke up the scoring run with two points from the free-throw line for the Indians, only to see Roderick and Maughmer score the next six points for a 16-2 CHS lead, forcing the Indians to call their second timeout with 4:31 still left in the opening quarter.

Anderson made the first field goal of the game for the Indians with 4:12 left on the first-quarter clock, only to see the visitors add four more points including two from Jordan Johnson, who finished the game with 10 points. HHS answered with a free throw conversion by Reed and later a jumper from Anderson. CHS had the last basket of the first quarter with Roderick sinking a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push the Cavs’ lead to 25-7 after the first quarter.

“I wasn’t aware that Hillsboro had the injuries they were dealing with,” Chillicothe head coach Eric Huffer said. “I thought their kids really battled hard in the second half, showed a lot of character and played with a lot of pride.

“We’ve had some tough losses this season, played some really great teams, so it was good to get the win.”

Besides Maughmer, Roderick and Johnson, the Cavs also had Seth Barnes with 13 points, giving them four players in double figures on the night. Barnes scored eight of his 13 points in the second quarter, an eight-minute span where the Cavs outscored the Indians, 24-13 for a 49-20 advantage.

In the second, the Indians had two 3-pointers from Haithcock and seven points by Anderson. In all, the Indians made seven 3-pointers against Chillicothe.

In the third, HHS scored 21 points with Haithcock sinking his third 3-pointer of the game. Also for the Indians, Payton Bell swished a trey in the third, while Watson scored two two-point field goals. Anderson added seven points in the third, including a 3-pointer, and Josh Keets scored four points in the same frame, including two free throws.

“Ty Haithcock did a great job coming off the bench tonight,” Miles said. “I think he hit three 3’s or so and did a great job shooting from the perimeter and taking care of the basketball. He did a fantastic job.”

In the third, CHS added 24 more points to their side of the scoreboard, leading 73-41 at the conclusion of the quarter. For the Indians in the final eight minutes they had two points from Mason Swayne, seven points by Reed, including a 3-pointer and two points by Anderson as they were outscored 16-11 in the fourth.

The Cavaliers in the fourth made two 3-pointers in their scoring, including one from Trey Beard and one by Jason Benson.

In freshman play, the Cavaliers defeated the Indians, 49-36. Leading HHS were Caleb Crawford with 10 points and Hayden Haines with seven.

In the JV game the Indians won, 42-39. Garrison Banks and Mason Swayne each finished with 11 points for the Indians. Also for HHS, Quentin Ridenbaugh totaled 10 points.

The Indians will host their Highland County rival, the McClain Tigers, in SCOL play on Friday night.