Hillsboro's Lana Grover led the Lady Indians with 17 points, Wednesday night vs. the Jackson Ironladies at HHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Hillsboro's Lana Grover led the Lady Indians with 17 points, Wednesday night vs. the Jackson Ironladies at HHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The third quarter was the difference for the Hillsboro Lady Indians. Actually, it was the final two minutes of that frame against the Jackson Ironladies that sent the Lady Indians from a one-point deficit all the way to a 22-point Frontier Athletic Conference victory Wednesday night for a 69-47 win.

Hillsboro (1-1, 2-1) went on a 14-2 run in the final 2:05 of the third to go from a 37-36 deficit to a 50-30 lead at the conclusion of the third, which ended up being the difference of the game.

The run began with a three-point play from Karleigh Hopkins at the 2:05 mark as she scored two points on a layup while being fouled. The three-point play was completed with a free throw conversion, taking the HHS Lady Indians from trailing by one point to taking a 39-37 lead.

From there, Delaney Eakins had a three-point play of her own at the 1:34 mark of the quarter. Following two free throws by Rebekah Green of Jackson, Hillsboro ran the table for the remainder of the third with a 3-pointer by Madi Marsh and five straight points by Hopkins, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the 11-point lead after three frames.

That aforementioned 14-2 run by HHS in the third completed a 25-17 third frame won by the Lady Indians. During the first six minutes of the third, the score was tied at 28 and 30.

“That was the stretch where we were able to slow Rebekah Green down for just a little bit,” HHS head coach JR Moberly said. “She’s a phenomenal player, and we had a lot of kids chasing her and trying to deny her the basketball. We were pretty good with that for a few-minute stretch.

“In the first couple games, we would play one or two quarters, then we would have a really bad quarter and give up a lead or get buried and not be able to dig out of it. (Wednesday) it was good to put together four good quarters, and I was really pleased with all four quarters and the contributions all the kids gave.”

Then came the fourth quarter, where the Lady Indians outscored the Ironladies at 19-8 with Watson making a 3-pointer, while Natalie Sullivan, Lana Grover, Hopkins, Marsh and Eakins all contributed to the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Grover led the Lady Indians with 17 points, totaling three 3-pointers and four two-point baskets. Hopkins followed with a total of 12 points (three rebounds, two steals), while Eakins scored 11 points (five rebounds) and Riley Moberly had 10 points (two assists). Marsh led the Lady Indians with 10 assists. Sullivan led the Lady Indians with three blocks.

In the first half, the Lady Indians led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter with Sullivan, Grover, Hopkins and Moberly all scoring points for the one-point lead.

The second quarter saw HHS outscore the Ironladies 17-15 with Grover making two 3-pointers in the quarter, while Watson also sank a 3-pointer in the second as well. Also adding points in the second for HHS were Sullivan and Moberly.

“We had a lot of people make a lot of contributions and just them going and trying to double-team Rebekah,” Moberly said. “We have five or six players at her all game long, and that is a big difference. I know she scored a lot of points and she’s going to do that because she’s that good. We didn’t stop her, but we made her work for everything she had.”

As for the Ironladies, they were led by Green with 33 points, as she made seven two-point baskets, two 3-pointers and she was 13-of-16 from the free-throw line.

Moberly also thanked the Hillsboro fourth grade girls team for their support in the stands.

“I’m really pleased with the team effort, and the fourth grade girls cheering us was our great cheering section. We wish we had them every game. They were awesome,” Moberly said.

Next for Hillsboro is a home game on Thursday, Dec. 7 vs. Paint Valley at 7 p.m. in non-conference play. From there HHS has another home game on Saturday, Dec. 9 when they are scheduled to host Batavia in a non-conference showdown at 12:30 p.m.