Hesston boys hold on through Hillsboro comeback effort

Published: Feb. 12, 2022 at 12:19 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Even though Hesston missed more than a dozen free throws in this game to really seal the deal, the Swathers were able to hold on through a last second Hillsboro three, to win the game 63-62.

“After we got started, I thought we moved the ball a lot better, I thought we got better looks at the basket, knocked down some shots and did the things we needed to do,” said Hesston boys basketball coach Greg Raleigh. “We work all the time in practice. That’s just the situation to have a seven-point lead with two minutes to go, you’ve got to finish it. It wasn’t good but we somehow managed to hit that last free throw. Made the difference.”

“We got beat up the last game and we shouldn’t have,” said Hesston senior Cason Richardson. “We should have responded better, I don’t think we responded very well but especially yesterday at practice, our JV pushed us and we definitely came prepared for physicality and to be pushed around and to finish through contact. Nick Arnold had an amazing game tonight, that kid played his butt off.”

“We’ve got a lot of kids that can play so usually in games like that, somebody steps up and I thought Nick really stepped up and had a good game,” said Raleigh.

“We can really be confident, we have the skills, we have the athleticism and more importantly, we have the chemistry,” said Richardson. “We’ve been playing together since we were little and we’re brothers. It’s a brotherhood and we love each other.”

Hillsboro is no longer undefeated. Now each team is responsible for handing the other team it’s only loss on the year so far.

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