After a very promising 19-5 regular season, the Hillwood High School Hilltoppers came into the district playoffs feeling pretty good about their chances of winning the title.
But it wasn’t meant to be as the Hilltoppers lost a tough opening round game against Glencliff High School Colts 60-56.
The Hilltoppers came out strong in the opening quarter, battling back and forth with the Colts and grabbing a 14-12 lead.
They played even better in the second period, holding the Colts to just 5 points and seizing a seemingly commanding 30-17 lead.
Unfortunately for Hillwood, the lead wasn’t enough. Glencliff came out on fire in the third period and the Hilltoppers couldn’t find a way to put out the flames.
The Colts outscored Hillwood 26-11 in the third to take their first lead 43-41 into the final period.
The Hilltoppers fought desperately to recapture the lead in the fourth. They were able to keep it close, but the surprisingly resilient Glencliff team that finished the regular season with just a 14-12 record, refused to give up the lead.
They in fact were able to stretch it and hold on for the 60-56 victory and send the Hilltoppers’ faithful home disappointed.
The scoring was balanced for the Hilltoppers with Byon Dean leading the way with 13 points.
Andre Washington and Deandre Yokem also scored in double figures, adding 12 points each.
D’Marco Steele added 9 points for the Hilltoppers, while Alex Shaw contributed 6 points.
Daquan Summers and Abu Abdalla added 2 points each.
Hillwood Loses Tough Game to Bow Out of Sectionals
For the first time this season, the Hilltoppers from Hillwood High School suffered back-to-back losses and saw their record slip to 16-4.
First it was the Ravens from Cane Ridge that bested the Toppers 63-61 in a close match Tuesday.
The on Friday, the Hillsboro Burros invaded Hillwood’s home court and beat the Hilltoppers 72-53.
It was a very tight match against Cane Ridge. Both teams played tight defense in the first quarter and the Ravens held onto a slim one-point lead after the first quarter.
But Hillwood to hang tough in the second quarter, exchanging baskets and playing solid defense. By halftime, the score was tied, 36-36.
The Hilltoppers took the lead after three periods by three, but the Ravens took over in the fourth quarter and held on for the win.
D’Marco Steele led Hillwood with 17 points, Byron Dean added 13 and Deandre Yokem had 10 points.
The Hilltoppers had no answer for Hillsboro. The Burros outscored Hillwood in every quarter, holding their top scorers at bay throughout.
Daquan Summers was the top scorer for Hillwood with 12 points. Byron Dean and Andre Washington each scored 9 points, while Deandre Yokem chipped in 8 points for the Hilltoppers.
Hillwood Suffers Losses in Tough Week
D'Marco Steele covers the lane
Daquan Summers defends
After suffering just their second loss of the season earlier in the week, Hillwood High School came storming back with a 54-39 win against Hunters Lane High School.
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead against Hillwood, taking a 16-12 advantage after the first quarter. But the Hilltoppers took over from there.
Byron Dean led a balanced attack that outscored the Warriors 16-8 in the second quarter, that gave Hillwood the lead 28-24 at halftime.
That strong defensive effort did not end when the Hilltoppers came back onto the court to begin the second half.
Hillwood held Hunters Lane to just 6 points in the third period.
D’Marco Steele and Daquan Summers provided the offense as the Hilltoppers scored 13 points to stretch the lead to 41-30 going into the final quarter.
Hillwood continued to apply tight defense in the fourth, holding Hunters Lane to just 9 points while adding another 13 points of their own to give them the 54-39 victory.
Dean finished the game with 14 points. Steele and Summers were also in double figures, scoring 10 points each.
The Hilltoppers improved their record to 17-2, including 6-1 in division play.
Hillwood Bounces Back With Big Win