by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Aurora -- The 2012-13 Hudson girls basketball team may remind some fans of the powerhouse Lady Explorers' teams back in the early 2000s.
Hudson's contest with Aurora Jan. 30 sure did.
The Lady Explorers won their 11th straight game after posting a convincing 82-55 victory over Aurora on the road.
With the win, Hudson, which was tied for eighth with Perrysburg in a recent Associated Press Division I state poll, improved to 16-2.
While the Lady Explorers have been dominating a number of opponents, such an offensive explosion has been a rare site since Hudson reached the Division I state championship game in 2003.
Lately, an outburst like this has been pretty much nonexistent.
But all of that changed against the Lady Greenmen (11-5).
"We had been struggling offensively, so we worked a lot on shooting," Lady Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler said. "We just have to keep working."
Hudson, which could meet Aurora again in the Ellet Division I sectional-district tournament, led by double digits most of the way. Both teams emptied their benches in the fourth quarter as the Lady Explorers built a convincing 70-49 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Greenmen had no answer for Hannah Boesinger. The 5-foot-11 Explorers' senior forward finished with a game-high 33 points despite not playing the entire fourth quarter.
The Lady Greenmen could not solve Boesinger when she was near the basket as she muscled her way to the basket despite facing multiple Lady Greenmen defenders. If Aurora left her outside, she buried three-pointers. Boesinger finished with a game-high six triples on the night.
Hudson made the Greenmen leg weary, thanks to its vaunted full-court press.
The Lady Explorers forced 29 turnovers, including 10 in the first quarter to jump out to a 26-11 lead.
While Aurora beat Hudson's press on numerous occasions, the Lady Greenmen simply couldn't stop the Lady Explorers.
Hudson buried jumper after jumper and got a number of baskets in transition. The Lady Explorers made seven trifectas on the night.
"We hit a lot of threes," Lawler said. "They [the Lady Greenmen] did a nice job with their half-court stuff and they knocked down some shots. I think we did a much better job defensively in the second half."
Aurora opened the second quarter with a 9-2 run to cut its deficit to eight (28-20). The Lady Greenmen never got closer.
Back-to-back threes by 6-2 junior center Krissy Mummey and Boesinger quickly vanquished Aurora's run.
The Greenmen got within 11 (46-35) early in the third quarter, but Hudson had a knack for responding when things got a little uneasy.
Both teams were missing their starting point guards. The Lady Explorers did not have senior Kelly Gough available. Gough suffered a concussion during Hudson's 48-38 win over Stow-Munroe Falls Jan. 26.
"We hope to have her back [Feb. 2]," Lawler said.
Aurora senior point guard Alexa DeBord is out for the season with a back injury. The Lady Greenmen also were missing senior post Madelyn Gilley, who did not play due to an ankle injury. Schultz said the team is hoping Gilley will return before the season ends.
Senior guard/post Allison Howard did play for Aurora. But she wasn't 100 percent by a long shot.
Junior guard Jackie Ulmer had 16 points for the Lady Explorers, who had 10 players score at least two points.
Senior post Camilla Brown led the Lady Greenmen with 21 points and senior post/guard Erin McNamara added 12 points for Aurora.
Hudson was scheduled to visit Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rival Shaker Heights Feb. 2. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers, who earned a 44-29 win in the junior varsity contest to improve to 14-4, are set to host Valley Division foe Solon Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.