Patriots register second-striaght win
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H-BC's Madison Fick spots the basket in between a pair of Adrian defenders during Thursday's basketball game in Hills.

A second-half rally gave the Hills-Beaver Creek girls’ basketball team consecutive wins for the first time this season Thursday in Hills.

Taking on Adrian in a Red Rock Conference battle, H-BC trailed by as many as eight points in the first half before facing a six-point deficit (21-15) entering the second half.

The Patriots fell behind by seven points (23-16) in the first minute of the second half before rallying to outscore the Dragons 31-14 the rest of the night to secure a 47-37 victory.

H-BC gradually chipped away at Adrian’s lead before tying the score at 30 when Kelli Esselink converted a field at the 6:54 mark of the second half.

Adrian sported a pair of one-point leads as the game progressed, but 7-0 run ending with two free throws from Madison Fick gave the Patriots a 39-33 advantage with 3:39 left to play.

The Dragons trimmed the difference to four points at two different occasions, but H-BC went on a 6-0 surge ending with a field goal from Taylor Wingert with 42 seconds remaining to steal its 10-point win.

Adrian scored the first five points of the game on the way to building an 8-1 lead at the 14:17 mark of the first half.

Avrey Van Roekel canned a field goal for H-BC at 11:54 to make it a one-point game (8-7) and the difference remained at one (10-9) when Adrian went on an 11-4 run to open a 21-13 advantage with two minutes remaining in the stanza.

The Patriots scored the final two points of the first half to trail 21-15 at the break.

Wingert and Fick led the Patriots with 11 points, while Esselink (10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots), Avery Van Roekel (10 points and eight rebounds), Megan Westrum (five rebounds) and Tori Bork (three assists) made other key contributions to the winning effort.

Box score

Fick 3 1 2-2 11, Bork 0 0 0-0 0, Westrum 1 0 1-1 3, Wingert 4 1 0-2 11, Esselink 5 0 0-0 10, Van Roekel 4 0 2-5 10, Van Wyhe 0 0 2-4 2.

Team statistics

Adrian: 14 of 62 field goals (23 percent), six of 10 free throws (60 percent), 39 rebounds, eight turnovers.

H-BC: 19 of 51 field goals (37 percent), seven of 14 free throws (50 percent), 35 rebounds, 10 turnovers.

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