They don’t come any closer than this.
Micah Allen’s basket for Hillsboro, off a Brett Weinbrenner assist, beat the buzzer and the Moundridge boys 44-42 Friday night in a titanic Class 2A sub-state semifinal game.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats, who seemed in control with a seven-point lead with six minutes left to play.
“Weinbrenner sliced through our defense and found an open Allen at the buzzer,” MHS coach Vance Unrau said. “I’m only disappointed in the outcome, not the effort. Great group of guys. Great seniors. Gonna miss them.”
Colton Frazer and Garrett Higgins led the Wildcats with 15 points apiece. All of Higgins’ points came on five 3-pointers.
Nearly half of Hillsboro's field goals were 3-pointers (7 of the 15). Weinbrenner and Allen scored 14 apiece for the Trojans.
Hillsboro will play top-seed Berean Academy in the finals Saturday in Elbing. The Warriors escaped with a 31-30 victory over upset-minded Inman. No game information was available.
• Otis-Bison girls 34, Elyria Christian School 27 — Despite the loss, the Eagles finished with a winning 11-10 season.
Elyria was down 17-8 at the half as it couldn’t put the ball in the basket.
“I was really proud of the way our girls battled back in the second half,” first-year ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We really struggled to score in the first half. The girls stayed focused on playing tough defense and they created some points off of steals. They really picked up the intensity to get back within four. We just continued to struggle hitting shots when we needed them down the stretch.”
Rachel Adamyk led the Eagles with seven points.
• Concordia boys 68, Smoky Valley 31 — Concordia must feel like it got the dream sub-state draw of all time.
The Panthers are in a sub-state where the other three teams are a combined 6-54.
They didn't have much trouble with the Vikings, leading 19-4 after a quarter.
Cole Norberg finished with 10 points to lead Smoky.
Hesston girls 44, Trinity 28 — No information available. The Swathers play at 6 p.m. Saturday at Marion for the championship.