Stella Benson fires a shot

Hillsboro-Central Valley junior Stella Benson fires a shot over a Thompson defender in the Tommies’ 64-17 win over the Burros on Friday, Jan. 29.

Senior Mackenzie Hughes scored 16 points to lead No. 7 Thompson to a 64-17 road win over Hillsboro-Central Valley on Friday, Jan. 29.

The Burros (1-12) were more physical compared to their first go-round with the Tommies (12-2), which Thompson won 66-12 on Jan. 9, but H-CV couldn’t keep pace with its Region 2 rival.

“In the practices leading up to this game, we really emphasized getting more physical and initiating contact in the paint,” H-CV head coach Kyle Morehart said.

“We were able to do that for the first eight minutes (and) they also didn’t have as many transition layups this game.”

But the experienced Tommies adjusted to the Burros’ physical approach and began sinking outside shots in last Friday’s matchup.

After a game-opening layup by Burros senior guard Anna Spokely, Thompson rattled off 12 straight points to grab a 10-point lead.

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