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Indians win 4th consecutive game

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

After going on a 10-game streak with two wins and eight losses, all of that is in the rearview mirror for the Hillsboro Indians, as they have learned from their hard times and have regained their winning ways.

Since the aforementioned record from Jan. 3-30, February has been the opposite for HHS, as they gained their fourth win in a row this month, winning on Friday night against the visiting Blanchester Wildcats, 56-43. 

In their past four games, the Indians have now defeated McClain, Lynchburg-Clay, Washington and Blanchester. 

In Friday night's win over Blanchester, the Indians led 15-10 when the first frame finished, followed by the Indians outscoring the Wildcats 19-11 in the second for a 34-21 lead at halftime. 

Blanchester scored 14 points in the third, outpacing the Indians, who had 13 points, leaving the score 47-35 in favor of HHS after three quarters.

In the final quarter, the Indians added nine points to their overall total, and BHS scored eight points.

Tate Davis and Jack Howland led HHS with 15 points each, as Davis collected four two-point baskets, one 3-pointer, and he was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. 

Howland finished with two two-point baskets, two 3-pointers, and he was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. 

Brayden Hunter ended the game with 14 points, making two 3-pointers and he had four two-point buckets. 

The rest of the Indians’ scoring included Steven Kibler (four), Brady Juillerat (four), Nic Burns (two) and Mason Dumpert (two).

Blanchester was led by Bryce Sipple with 18 points and Kaden Comer with 16 points. 

As a team, the Indians totaled 15 two-point baskets, five 3-pointers, and they went 11-of-15 from the free-throw line. 

Blanchester team totals included 14 two-point baskets, three 3-pointers and they were 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. 

Next for the Indians is a regular-season finale game — also a makeup game — on Tuesday, Feb. 13 on the road against the Miami Trace Panthers (8-1, 14-6) in Frontier Athletic Conference action. 

The win leaves the Indians at 12-9 overall, and thus far in FAC play, HHS has a record of 6-3.