The Hillsboro Indians trailed after the first quarter in their season opener, but the next three frames saw them take the lead and never look back as they gained a long-awaited win over the host Wilmington Hurricane by a 64-47 score at Fred Summers Court.

The win by Hillsboro was their first win over the Hurricane in two decades, as they had previously defeated Wilmington High School on Dec. 2, 2000 by a 58-55 score.

On Friday night, the Indians had a slow start where they trailed by a 16-11 score after one frame, but in that quarter HHS had four points from Hunter Price, three points by Brad Miller and two points each from Ryan Scott and Quintin Captain.

The second frame went much better for the visiting Indians as they outscored the ’Cane, 24-13, taking a 35-29 lead at halftime. The quarter began with two made free throws by Miller, followed by Scott tying the score at 16 with a 3-pointer. Next was a trey by Price to put the Indians in the lead at 19-16.

After two points by WHS, Price made it a three-point lead once again, only to see Wilmington regain the lead with five consecutive points for a 23-21 score. HHS tied the score at 23 with a put-back basket by Miller. That was followed by the Indians adding a three-point play by Price, and a 3-pointer from Price as well, for a 29-23 HHS advantage.

After two points were scored by WHS, Captain and Scott increased the Indians’ lead to nine points with a jumper by Captain and a 3-pointer from Scott. WHS answered with four straight points, and the final point of the frame scored was in favor of HHS with Scott making a free throw, giving the Tribe a six-point halftime lead.

Wilmington started off strong in the third with six straight points, tying the score at 35, only to see the Indians rally back with a layup by Scott and points in the paint by Miller for a 39-35 HHS advantage. After a quick score by Wilmington, Captain sank a jumper, and after Captain then took a charge, it was two points scored by Lawton Parry that increased the Indians’ lead to 43-37.

That lead grew even more with two points by Miller, followed with a 3-pointer from Captain. WHS managed to break up the 7-0 run with a basket, but the Indians scored the final points of the third with a basket by Scott for a 52-41 lead.

HHS added 12 final points in the fourth, outscoring the ’Cane, 12-6 in the final frame. In the fourth, the Indians had four points each from Captain and Price and two points each by Scott and Miller.

Another big aspect of the win for the Indians was their defense, as they dominated the boards en route to the season-opening win. Hillsboro out-rebounded Wilmington, 43-22.

For the game, the Indians were led by Scott with 15 total points. Miller had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Price finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double as well.

Also scoring for HHS were Captain with 13 points and Parry totaling 11 points, giving the Indians five players with double-digit scoring efforts.

Next for the Indians is a home game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they will be hosting the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs in a Highland County showdown.