Eden Edenfield shoots a basket for Hillsboro Wednesday night. Edenfield led the Lady Indians with a double-double vs. Adena. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Eden Edenfield shoots a basket for Hillsboro Wednesday night. Edenfield led the Lady Indians with a double-double vs. Adena. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Lady Indians showed improvement in their second game of the season compared to the season opener played last Friday. In fact, in Wednesday’s game the Lady Indians cut down their turnovers and attacked the boards better, but once the final buzzer sounded, it was the visiting Adena Lady Warriors who were the winners by a 46-36 score.

Hillsboro (0-2) played close in the first frame with the Adena squad as HHS held the early 4-2 lead following points from Eden Edenfield off a jumper, and later she sank consecutive free throws at the 4:02 mark.

After Adena tied the score, and a timeout by HHS, the Lady Indians regained the lead with a layup from Gracie Dean for a 6-4 advantage with 2:43 on the clock.

Edenfield led HHS with 13 points, and she had 10-plus rebounds for a double-double. Dean followed with 11 points.

“Gracie Dean had a fantastic game, Brynn Bledsoe is playing tough for us, and our bounce-back player for us was Eden Edenfield,” HHS head coach Chad Fields said. “She struggled her first night, but really came out tonight and really got after it on both sides of the ball. She did fantastic.”

Adena scored the next eight points for a 10-6 lead to end the first frame.

“I really liked our intensity tonight. Our girls came ready to play,” Fields said. “They could have shut down after last week, but I’m extremely proud of our girls.That’s what we try to preach to our girls.

“We are trying to build a different culture here, and we really want to play an up-tempo game, and our girls did a fantastic job of that.”

In the second frame, the Lady Indians scored 10 points combined by four players, as Rylie Scott, Edenfield and Susanna Barney each had two points, and Dean scored four points off two baskets in the frame.

“Rylie coming off the bench, she’s our lone freshman playing right now, and she gave us some good minutes defensively,” Fields said. “She locked up one of their best players at times and put a lot of pressure on them, frustrated them and created some turnovers.”

The problem for HHS was Adena scored 14 points in the frame, taking a 24-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“We got into foul trouble early, and that kind of hurt us because we couldn’t really play to our full potential,” Field said.

Hillsboro had a slow start in the third frame, but that wasn’t the case for the Lady Warriors, with Adena scoring a 3-pointer by Emma Garrison, followed by AHS making three free throws for a 30-16 lead with 4:38 left in the third quarter.

Brynn Bledsoe stopped the 6-0 run by Adena with points in the paint at the 3:41 mark of the third, but the Lady Warriors answered with consecutive baskets by Jadyn Smith and Sydney Foglesong to build a 16-point advantage with 2:10 on the clock. Foglesong led Adena and all scorers with 18 points.

Again, it was Bledsoe — who totaled six points — stopping the scoring of Adena with a steal around mid-court, and a fast break for two points, with 1:41 left in the quarter for a deficit of 34-20. HHS scored the final two points of the third off a three-point play from Dean, leading to the score after three frames being 34-23 in favor of Adena.

Hillsboro cut the Adena lead to nine points at the start of the fourth frame following a bucket by Dean, and after two points were scored by the visitors, HHS had a jumper made by Edenfield and two free throws made by Sinai Roberts for a 36-29 score, as HHS cut the Adena lead down to seven points with 4:25 left in regulation.

Adena answered with a basket of their own, only to see Edenfield score two points with the assist by Dean with the clock reading 3:05. With Adena leading 38-31, HHS came back with another three-point play, this time with the layup and free-throw conversion made by Edenfield with 2:40 left in the game.

Those points cut the Adena lead down to four points at 38-34, but the Lady Warriors continued to battle strong with two points of their own, increasing their lead back to six points.

Hillsboro’s final points were scored by Bledsoe with a jumper with 2:00 left on the clock, while Adena scored the final six points for a 10-point win.

“In the fourth quarter, we took some risks, and our girls are getting batter and they see that,” Fields said. “That is a good Adena team, and I can’t take anything away from them. I’m just real proud of our effort.”

Next for the Hillsboro Lady Indians is a game on Wednesday, Dec. 2, as the Lady Indians will host the Washington Lady Blue Lions. Hillsboro’s game originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 at Chillicothe has been postponed due to COVID-19, as CHS has shut down in-game competition until early January.