Hillsboro's Lawton Parry finished with 23 points in the Indians' FAC win over the visiting Jackson Ironmen Friday. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Hillsboro's Lawton Parry finished with 23 points in the Indians' FAC win over the visiting Jackson Ironmen Friday. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
HILLSBORO — At one point, the Hillsboro Indians trailed by double digits Friday night in their Frontier Athletic Conference showdown with the visiting Jackson Ironmen. The Indians allowed 23 points in the first frame, and it looked like the Ironmen had all of the momentum at the conclusion of the quarter.

The good thing for the host Indians was there were still three more quarters to play, and that is when the Indians hunkered down and worked their way to the lead when halftime arrived. Hillsboro not only erased a 10-point deficit, but they eventually battled their way to a 73-64 conference victory over the visiting Ironmen.

In addition to the Indians having the chance to celebrate evening the the season series with the Ironmen, they also at the conclusion of the game got to celebrate royalty as teammate and senior post player Brad Miller was crowned the Hillsboro homecoming king.

In the win, the Indians were led by Ryan Scott and Lawton Parry, as those two combined for 47 of the 73 points scored by Hillsboro with Scott totaling 24 points and Parry — who is the sixth man of the Indians — finishing with 23 points.

The duo combined for seven 3-pointers and were a combined 14-of-17 from the free-throw line. Scott finished with one two-point basket, five 3-pointers and was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Parry made two two-point baskets, four 3-pointers and went a perfect 7-of-7 in his free throw attempts.

Quintin Captain finished with nine points for HHS, while Hunter Price totaled seven points, but unofficially he finished with 14 rebounds in the victory. The Indians also had five points by Miller, three points from Clark and Coltin Hunter scored two points.

All of that said for the Indians, the first frame wasn’t one of celebration for the home team as Jackson built a 23-13 lead when the quarter came to a close, and most of that scoring for the Ironmen was off 14 points scored by Boston Kuhn. The positive for the Indians was that for the remaining three frames, the HHS defense held Kuhn to one point, as he totaled 15 points for the game.

Though the Indians trailed by 10 points at the end of the first quarter, they started off the game with the first five points on the scoreboard as Scott sank the first of his five 3-pointers, followed by two points by “The King” Miller at the 7:05 mark.

Jackson answered with the next three points, but Parry answered with his first two points of the game. From there, it was Evan Spires of JHS sinking a 3-pointer, making it a one-point differential with the Indians still in front. Spires totaled seven points.

Then that is where the first frame became the “Boston Kuhn Show” as he knocked down a 3-pointer at the 4:37 mark, putting the Ironmen in the lead for the first time, and that was followed with a jumper off a HHS turnover by Kuhn.

Captain offset those two points by Kuhn with two points of his own from a jumper, but Kuhn wasn’t finished as he scored the next four points off two baskets, only to be answered this time with a 3-pointer from Parry, cutting the Jackson lead to three points.

Kuhn again sank a jumper, then he stole the ball and scored three more points with his outside shooting for a 20-12 Jackson lead with 2:01 left in the first frame. Next was a free throw from Tristan Prater of Jackson, and Captain was there to equal that point of scoring. JHS scored the final two points of the first frame, putting them ahead by 10 points. Prater finished with 13 points.

HHS held the Ironmen to 14 points of scoring in the second quarter, while the Indians scored 20 points in eight minutes, as Jackson led at halftime by a 37-33 score.

The Indians had three 3-pointers from Scott, a 3-pointer by Clark, five points by Parry (including a 3-pointer) and two points by Miller in the second quarter.

Jackson scored the first three points of the third quarter, increasing their lead to 40-33 within the first minute of the frame.

Hillsboro then began to have momentum shift in their direction with the next 14 points from the 6:29 mark of the frame to the 3:21 mark for a 47-40 Indians lead.

That run of scoring began with Scott being fouled while shooting a 3-pointer, and the senior going to the free-throw line and making all three attempts. Next, he sank a 3-pointer with 5:41 on the clock, and that was followed with a four-point play by Parry, as he made a 3-pointer and was fouled while sinking the bucket from beyond the arc. Parry dusted himself off and converted the four-point play with the made free throw for a 43-40 Hillsboro lead.

Price continued the scoring with points in the paint, and later a put-back basket by Miller left Hillsboro with a seven-point lead.

Jackson finally stopped the scoring by the Indians with the next four points in the FAC showdown, but a layup from Captain and then a free throw later in the frame, also by Captain, put the HHS lead to six points at 50-44. JHS scored the final points of the third, leaving the Tribe in front by four points at 50-46.

HHS outscored Jackson 23-18 in the fourth quarter to seal the nine-point win. The Indians had a 3-pointer by Captain, six points from Scott (four made free throws), three points by Price (all free throws) and nine points by Parry, consisting of a 4-of-4 performance from the free-throw line, a two-point basket and a 3-pointer.

Braxton Hammond led Jackson in scoring in the fourth quarter with eight points, finishing the game with 12 points.

For the game, Jackson finished 10-of-18 from the free-throw line, while also making six 3-pointers and 18 two-point baskets. For Hillsboro, they finished the game totaling 10 two-point baskets, 11 3-pointers and were 20-of-28 from the free-throw line.

Hillsboro’s win improves them to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the FAC. Jackson falls to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the FAC.

In JV play, the Indians lost by a 49-43 score. HHS was led in the JV game by Jayse Middleton with 12 points.

The Indians have a non-conference home game on Saturday evening, as they will host the Unioto Shermans of the Scioto Valley Conference.