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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Officially, tournament play won't take place for another two weeks.
Hudson head girls basketball coach Dennis Lawler, on the other hand, believes tournament time is now.
The Lady Explorers won their 12th consecutive game after posting a commanding 74-35 victory over Shaker Heights Feb. 2 on the road.
With the win, Hudson improved to 17-2 overall and 6-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.
But Lawler and his players didn't spend too much time reflecting on the win.
The rest of Hudson's regular-season schedule looks something like this: Home against Valley Division rival Solon before heading on the road to play Valley Division foes Twinsburg and Mentor.
The contest with Solon is scheduled to take place Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
"We're going to face three teams that are No. 1 in their districts," Lawler said. "We've got a big week. Solon is playing well."
As for the actual tournament, the Lady Explorers received the second seed at the Ellet Division I sectional-district tourney.
They have a date with ninth-seeded Warren Howland in a sectional semifinal contest Feb. 20. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.
Twinsburg received the second seed and Austintown Fitch and Stow-Munroe Falls got the third and fourth seeds, respectively.
"It's where we wanted to be," Lawler said. "But it's tournament time and anything can happen."
Hudson has not lost since suffering a 68-48 setback to Twinsburg Dec. 19 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium. The Lady Explorers are scheduled to visit Twinsburg Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
"It's nice to have the streak going, but we're trying to take it one game at a time," Lawler said. "What we've done in the last 12 games doesn't matter [Feb. 6]. We just want to continue to get better. We're going to treat our last three games like it's the tournament."
Against Shaker, Hudson controlled the game from the tip and led 46-17 at halftime.
Hannah Boesinger and Jackie Ulmer each led the Lady Explorers with 15 points apiece. Boesinger added 10 rebounds and Ulmer also had four steals.
Margo Camp added nine points and Brynne Drohan had seven points and four assists for Hudson. Krissy Mummey blocked four shots for the Lady Explorers.
"We had our of our better efforts of the year," Lawler said. "We did a lot of good things. Everyone who saw the floor did some good things."
Hudson posted a 44-29 win in the junior varsity game. With the victory, the Lady Explorers' JV team improved to 15-4.
When Hudson faced Solon Dec. 27 on the road, the Lady Explorers earned a 65-58 victory.
"They [the Comets] probably think they are good enough to beat us," Lawler said. "They have been shooting the ball well. They made 17 threes in their two games against Walsh [Jesuit] and Twinsburg. They have three primary scorers. We're hoping to eliminate one of them."