The Hillsboro Indians were able to defend their home court on Friday night by defeating the visiting Blanchester Wildcats by a 69-55 score in non-conference play.

HHS (2-3, 5-4) won each quarter played, including the first frame where they outscored the Wildcats, 14-13. In that first frame, HHS had 3-pointers from Ryan Scott and Jakwon Clark, while Ethan Watson scored a bucket and Phillip Mycroft scored six points in the frame.

In the second, the Indians had points from Watson, Clark, Josh Keets, Mycroft and Caleb Crawford, with the five players combining for 17 points, entering halftime with a 31-27 lead. In that quarter, Watson scored five points and Mycroft added six points, plus the trio of Clark, Keets and Crawford each scored two points.

The third frame saw Haines, Watson, Keets and Mycroft each score points, with Keets adding six points to the HHS total.

Also for the Tribe, Swayne scored four points off free throws in the third quarter, while Haines scored two points and Mycroft made a two-point basket.

The 20-point fourth quarter by the Indians had three points from Swayne, four points from Watson, two points from Clark, four points by Keets and seven points scored by Mycroft.

For the game, Mycroft led the Indians with 21 points, followed by Watson with 15 points and Keets with 12 points.

Other scoring totals for HHS were Swayne and Clark each with seven points and Scott with a total of three points. Haines and Crawford each finished with two points.

The Indians totaled 22 two-point baskets, three 3-pointers, and they were 16-of-19 from the free-throw line.

Blanchester was led by Brayden Sipple with 23 points and Jordan Stroud with 16 points.

The Wildcats made 20 two-point baskets, three 3-pointers and were 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.