by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Solon -- As she watched her team's double-digit lead vaporize rapidly, Hudson senior forward Hannah Boesinger finally had enough.
"I told the girls let's get it together," she said. "They made a push in the third quarter and they seemed like they were getting all the rebounds."
"They" happened to be the Lady Explorers' Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rivals, the Solon Comets, who beat Hudson twice last season.
Maybe the Lady Explorers, who improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the Valley Division, need more speeches like this from their star player.
Thanks to Boesinger's 30 points and 11 rebounds, Hudson posted a 65-58 victory over Solon Dec. 27 at Solon High School.
Boesinger, who leads the team in a number of statistical categories, did just about everything for the Lady Explorers.
She didn't really have much of a choice.
After Hudson worked so hard to build a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the momentum quickly came crashing down for the Lady Explorers.
Solon scored the last nine points of the third quarter to tie the game at 49. That run was highlighted by a buzzer-beating three-pointer by guard Kristen Confroy.
Boesinger, who was on the bench at the time, felt like her voice needed to be heard. And that was a pleasant sight for Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler.
"Hannah spoke up at the end of the third quarter," Lawler said. "She handles the ball and she gets so many offensive rebounds. That's tough to defend. She has been playing tremendous basketball."
The Lady Explorers, who had a 13-point lead (33-20) with 3 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the first half, trailed 55-53 with a little more than 4 minutes left when sophomore guard Jordan Bekelja scored a layup on a drive to the basket.
Hudson never trailed again.
Six-foot-2 junior center Krissy Mummey tied the game with two free throws and Boesinger gave the Lady Explorers the lead for good when she converted two foul shots.
A little more than two minutes later, Boesinger made 1-of-2 free throws to give Hudson a 60-55 advantage.
Everybody in the gymnasium might have been shocked. That's because she made her first 11 attempts.
But Boesinger didn't stay human for very long.
She sealed the deal with a layup off a steal to give Hudson a 62-55 lead with a little more than a minute left.
"I wanted to make 100 percent so badly," Boesinger said with a smile.
Thanks to Boesinger's 17 points, the Lady Explorers led 36-24 at halftime. She knocked down a trio of three-pointers and made the foul line her second home.
While Boesinger did most of the scoring, her teammates contributed in a number of other ways.
Junior guard Jackie Ulmer scored 10 points and had a knack for getting easy layups off steals.
If Boesinger had a wide-open shot, she had Allison Zullo to thank. Zullo made sure the offense clicked with her pinpoint passing.
And the Comets (6-2, 2-2) had a difficult time solving Mummey, who scored 10 points and made Solon's post players work for every shot thanks to her long arms.
Bekelja and senior guard Martha Thompson led the comeback for Solon.
Both players proved difficult to stop, thanks to their quickness and dribbling abilities. Bekelja led Solon with 19 points and Thompson finished with 17 points. Confroy added eight points.
Both teams played at a helter-skelter pace that led to a number of turnovers.
"I told the kids all these games in Northeast Ohio are going to be hard to win," Lawler said. "We have to do a better job of valuing the ball. Solon is one of the top teams in Northeast Ohio."
Hudson scored a 32-30 win in the junior varsity contest.
The varsity squad was scheduled to visit Austintown Fitch Dec. 29. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers are set to visit Westlake Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.