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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson assistant girls basketball coach Ernie D'Amato found himself in a rather uncomfortable position.
D'Amato was asked to lead his team when head coach Dennis Lawler was unable to attend because Lawler's wife, Jennifer, was ill.
Fortunately, one of the Lady Explorers' senior leaders came to D'Amato's rescue before the game.
"Hannah Boesinger said, 'Let's win it for coach Lawler and Mrs. Lawler,'" D'Amato said.
That's all the veteran assistant needed to hear.
The Lady Explorers won their sixth straight game after posting a lopsided 72-35 victory over Normandy Jan. 9 in Parma Heights.
"We pressed them in the first quarter and then we played a 2-3 zone the rest of the game," D'Amato said. "I told them not to run anymore. I've been on the other side before."
Hannah Boesinger led Hudson with 22 points.
Jackie Ulmer and Krissy Mummey added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Boesinger also had 12 rebounds and Ulmer had five assists and five steals.
Also contributing were Kelly Gough (five assists) and Margo Camp (five steals). The Lady Explorers shot 25-of-57 from the floor.
"Hannah had a great game despite being on the floor for a short time," D'Amato said. "Jackie shot the ball well and I thought Kelly was tremendous when it came to handling their pressure. Margo Camp played great defense."
Since Hudson had a significant advantage on the scoreboard, D'Amato was able to get a number of junior varsity players on the floor. But not everything was perfect for the Lady Explorers.
"They had a brief stretch in the second quarter where they tried to do things they shouldn't do," D'Amato said. "We wanted to take care of business and get a lot of people some playing time."
Hudson hopes to have senior forward Allison Zullo back on the floor soon. Zullo has not played since she injured her ankle during the Lady Explorers' 64-56 win over Mentor (Jan. 5).
While Zullo continues to recover, Hudson has enjoyed seeing senior guard Brynne Drohan play some quality minutes. Drohan recently returned after suffering knee and calf injuries.
"Brynne only had two points, but she handles the ball and plays defense," D'Amato said. "Once we get Allison back, we'll have the crew that will take us to where we want to go."
The Lady Explorers finished 3-0 in Parma Heights. The junior varsity team posted a 48-44 overtime win and the freshmen improved to 8-0 with a 38-21 victory.
The varsity and junior varsity squads were scheduled to entertain Austintown Fitch Jan. 12. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to host Medina Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.