The Hillwood High School boys’ varsity basketball team overcame an early onslaught by Nashville Central Christian School and held on for a 53-49 victory.
NCC jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Hilltoppers 16-12 in the first quarter.
Hillwood would improve on both ends of the court in the second period. Led by Jake Moon and Antonio Smith, the Hilltoppers would score 17 points in the second period and hold NCC to just eight points to seize the lead 29-24 at the half.
The Hilltoppers would continue to pour it on in the third quarter, outscoring NCC 16-7 to extend their lead to 45-31 heading into the final quarter.
Hillwood would need that big lead as NCC finally regained their shooting touch.
In a furious comeback, NCC poured in 18 points in the fourth, and held Hillwood to just eight points. But that was enough as the Hilltoppers held on and won by four points.
Moon led the Hilltoppers with 18 points while Smith added 12 points.
Cydney Williams poured in seven points for Hillwood, while Auston Thomas added five points.
In girls varsity basketball action, the struggling Lady Hilltoppers took on their rivals from Hillsboro High School. Hillwood was looking for its first win of the season, but unfortunately they wouldn’t find it this night.
Hillboro dominated the game from start to finish, beating the Lady Hilltoppers 52-10.
Hillwood could manage just a single basket in the first quarter, while Hillsboro struggled also, but grabbed a 10-2 lead.
The second quarter was when things started to get ugly for Hillwood. The Lady Hilltoppers could manage just one point in the quarter, while Hillsboro found their touch, pouring in 22 points to take a 32-3 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was Hillwood’s best, but they were still held to single digits while Hillboro added 16 more points to take a 48-10 lead.
There wasn’t much action for either team in the fourth quarter. Hillsboro scored just four points, but they shut out the Lady Hilltoppers to end the game 52-10.
Lexy Caster led Hillwood with three points, while Jayla Wilson added two points.
Moon Leads Hillwood Against NCC