The Festus varsity boys basketball team knew the odds were stacked against them in the Class 4, District 2 semifinal game at Farmington on Tuesday night. Their opponent, the Hillsboro Hawks, had the impressive record, the outstanding statistical advantage…everything tilted to their favor in the game. And despite a valiant effort by the Tigers, all those factors were too large to overcome, as the Hillsboro Hawks ended the Tigers’ season with a 73-49 convincing victory.
It was the third time the Hawks defeated Festus this year. Hillsboro improved to 23-4. The Hawks win their games by an average of 20 points this season, and were dominant from the start on Tuesday.
“Tonight, Hillsboro was the better team, and we have to give them credit,” said Tigers’ head coach Jason Therrell after the game. “They outplayed us in every area.”
The Hawks were up 21-7 after the first quarter, and led 37-12 at halftime. And while Festus actually outscored the Hawks 37-36 in the second half, the damage had been done.
Owen Horsley (12) closed out his career at Festus leading the Tigers with 20 points. Blake Holland (12) ended his time with the Tigers scoring 11 points. Zach Liles (11) added six points, and seniors Daniel Portell and Brennan Pryor finished with five and four points respectively playing in the gold and black for the last time. Collin Reando (9) closed out the scoring with three points.
“I am very proud of our seniors and their effort,” noted Therrell. “They have been so coachable the last four years, and kept our program very relevant. I am proud to be their coach.”
The Tigers ended their season with a 14-12 record.