A rough second quarter that produced just four points doomed the Hillsborough High girls basketball team in a 36-30 loss to Delaware Valley Thursday in the second annual Hillsborough Holiday Classic championship game.
The first quarter ended with Hillsborough and Delaware Valley nodded 11-11, but the turning point of the game came in the second quarter when the Raiders' offense was shut down for much of the quarter.
Hillsborough dug itself a hole after missing several 3-point shots. The Raiders also failed to put up points in the paint during that quarter.
The Raiders' lone points came off a free throw by senior guard Melissa McEnroe with 2:59 remaining and senior guard Stephanie LaManna followed with a 3-pointer as Hillsborough trailed 22-15 at halftime.
In the second half, the Raiders turned it on again to outscore Delaware Valley 15-14, but it wasn't enough to close the deficit.
In the fourth quarter, Hillsborough closed to within three points to make the score 31-28 on a fast-break layup by sophomore forward Alexis Pezza with 4:23 left in the game.
Several fouls in the final minutes of the game hurt the Raiders chances of tying the game or taking a lead.
Junior forward Kristina Vangeli sunk a game-high 13 points.
Hillsborough's next game will tip off at home against Bridgewater-Raritan on Tuesday at 7 p.m.