by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Going into last week's game against defending Division I state champion Twinsburg, the Hudson girls basketball team began a five-game stretch against some of the more powerful teams in the area.
So far, the Lady Explorers have survived. But they still have some cleaning up a few things.
Hudson handed Kenston (Chagrin Falls) its first loss of the season.
The Lady Explorers posted a 59-50 victory Dec. 22 at Hudson High School's Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lady Explorers, who dropped a 68-48 decision to Twinsburg Dec. 19 at Hyser Gymnasium, improved to 6-2 overall. The Bombers dropped to 6-1.
Hudson led most of the game and had a double-digit advantage on numerous occasions.
And of course, the Lady Explorers had senior Hannah Boesinger on their side.
Boesinger finished with a season-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting. She made one three-pointer and also converted 4-of-5 foul shots. Boesinger also had a team-leading 13 rebounds.
"Hannah did a good job," Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said. "We ran some stuff inside to her and Krissy Mummey. Hannah had seven offensive rebounds, which was huge."
The Lady Explorers closed the first quarter with a 12-0 run to take a 16-5 lead. Kenston had a knack for going on some mini runs to trim its deficit. Whenever that took place, Hudson took its foot off the brakes and slammed on the accelerator.
"We would go up 11 or 12 and they would get it down to eight," Lawler said. "We get it back to 13 and then they get it down to seven and then we get it back to 14. They never got within seven [after the first quarter]."
While Boesinger did most of the scoring, her teammates contributed in other areas.
Mummey finished with 11 rebounds, six blocks and four assists. Allison Zullo finished with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Hudson had some issues with turnovers. The Lady Explorers committed 17 turnovers in the last three quarters after having just one miscue in the first eight minutes. Hudson also shot just 25-of-64 from the floor.
"We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the basketball," Lawler said. "We didn't shoot the ball particularly well. A couple of times, we had a chance to put the hammer down and seal the game and then we would have a couple of bad turnovers."
Hudson certainly wasn't automatic from the free throw line. The Lady Explorers, who lost a 47-46 decision in the junior varsity contest after posting a 33-22 win in the freshman game, converted just 7-of-16 foul shots.
Nevertheless, it was a quality win against a quality opponent. But Hudson can't spend too much time resting on its laurels.
The Lady Explorers are scheduled to visit Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rival Solon Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Comets (6-1) feature standout guards Martha Thompson, a Xavier University (Cincinnati) recruit, and Kristen Confroy. Both teams are 2-1 in the division.
Hudson is scheduled to visit another talented team in Austintown Fitch Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
"It will be a challenge for us," Lawler said. "It's a good chance to see we're were at."