Juniors Grant Bender & Luke Schrock

Hillcrest traveled to Columbus Friday and jumped out to the big early lead on the way to a 62-35 victory over the Wildcats. The Ravens were 10-13 from the floor in the first quarter fueled by eight assists. Grant Bender scored 10 points in the frame and Seth Ours hit a buzzer beating three to put an exclamation mark on the 24-2 first quarter.

The Ravens continued to be efficient through the first part of the second quarter, going on a 13-2 run to start the period to lead 37-4 with three minutes to play in the half. Hillcrest pulled back on the pressure and the Wildcats finished the half with a 6-2 spurt to trail 39-10 at the half. The Ravens led 54-24 after three quarters as everyone got into the action through the second half.         

Grant Bender finished with 20 points on 9-11 shooting from the floor and had a team-high five steals. Luke Schrock tallied 10 points with a three, and had four assists and two steals. Ours finished with eight points including two treys, and collected three assists and two steals. Bryce Bailey scored eight points and had five rebounds and two assists off the bench. Aiden Krabill tallied seven points on 3-3 shooting from the floor, including a triple, and had three assists and two steals. Josiah Beachy scored six points and three steals and Jace Rempel drilled a triple and recorded four assists and two steals.           

Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “We were very efficient offensively early, as the ball moved well, and played hard, a really good combination.”          

The victory sends Hillcrest to 8-3 in conference play, 9-3 overall.


Headline and Article submitted by Zach Ulin/KCII
It was a busy weekend on the hard court for the Hillcrest Academy boys and girls basketball teams. Friday night the Ravens made the trip to Columbus Junction to battle the Wildcats in a Super Conference doubleheader. The Wildcat girls got the win in game one 49-33. Columbus jumped on the Ravens early, leading 14-7 after the first. The score stood at 24-13 Wildcats at the half. Columbus won the third quarter 13-6 to put the game away. The Columbus defense was everywhere, coming up with 15 steals in the win. The Wildcat’s Lily Coil posted a career high 26 points to lead all scorers. The Hillcrest duo of Esther Hughes and Malia Yoder each scored 12 to lead the Ravens. Columbus improves to 2-12 with the win, the Raven girls are now 1-11.

The boys game went Hillcrest’s way 62-35. The Ravens suffocated the Wildcats from the onset, sprinting out to a 24-2 lead after the first quarter, and stretching the advantage to 39-10 at half. The Wildcats won the second half 25-23 but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback. The Ravens shot 52% from the floor, 43% from long range, outrebounded the Wildcats by 14, dished out 20 assists and had 17 steals in the win. Grant Brender had a game high 20 for the Ravens, Luke Schrock got to double figures with 10. Timothy Hills and Daniel Martinez each had nine for Columbus. The win moved Hillcrest to 9-3 and Columbus falls to 3-11.

Read more here: https://www.kciiradio.com/2022/01/24/raven-boys-score-two-wins-on-the-weekend-raven-girls-fall-friday/