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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
All season long, Hudson head girls basketball coach Dennis Lawler has made it clear that no game is easy.
Fortunately for Lawler, the Lady Explorers may have proved him wrong Dec. 29.
Hudson improved to 8-2 on the season after posting a convincing 73-54 victory over Austintown Fitch Dec. 29 on the road.
The Lady Explorers, winners of three straight games, took a 17-4 lead and never looked back.
"We played well," Lawler said. "We came out with a lot of energy. I was a little worried about a little bit of a letdown after the Solon game [a 65-58 win Dec. 27 on the road]."
Once again, Hannah Boesinger led the charge for Hudson. She scored 23 points and also had nine rebounds and six steals. Teammate Allison Zullo also had a strong all-around game with 14 points, four steals and four assists.
Several other players contributed for Hudson in the win.
Jackie Ulmer scored 13 points and had four steals and Kelly Gough finished with 10 points, seven assists and four steals.
Margo Camp also had four steals and Krissy Mummey had six rebounds and three blocks.
"I thought everybody who played gave a tremendous effort," Lawler said. "Krissy is becoming a defensive presence who is scoring for us and providing a lot of rebounding. She's averaging four blocks per game. She has improved a lot."
The Lady Explorers forced 33 turnovers and made 16-of-20 foul shots. They converted 26 of their 73 field-goal attempts.
"We did a good job defensively," Lawler said. "Megan Sefcik was averaging 20 points per game and we held her to 12 points. She was 2-of-8 on three-pointers and she's a really good shooter."
Hudson also welcomed back an old friend.
Senior guard Brynne Drohan made her season debut against the Lady Falcons (8-2). Drohan missed the first nine games with knee and calf injuries.
"We limited her to eight minutes," Lawler said. "We put her in all four quarters. It was very nice to see all the parents give her a standing ovation when she came in. She's an integral part of our team."
The Lady Explorers played four teams with sterling records in the last couple of weeks. Hudson is 3-1 in those contests.
"We had Twinsburg, which has no losses, Kenston and Solon each had one loss and Fitch had one loss," Lawler said. "Now we have to face two 7-3 teams in Westlake and Mentor. It's a good stretch to see where we're at. So far, we've done pretty well."
Hudson's junior varsity team improved to 7-3 with a 53-40 win. The Lady Explorers rallied form a double-digit deficit. Emmy Klemencic led Hudson with 19 points and Hannah Monsman and Ally Prosser each had nine points.
The varsity team is set to visit Westlake Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Explorers are set to host Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rival Mentor Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.