by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Akron -- It didn't ruin the regular season, but it sure didn't feel right.
The Hudson girls basketball team, winners of 12 straight games at one point, saw its season turn upside down after losing its last three games.
Anyone will tell you losses to Division I powerhouses Twinsburg, Solon and Mentor isn't a huge deal.
Those teams aren't among the elite teams in the area for nothing.
But the Lady Explorers had some issues that were impossible to ignore.
Thankfully, everything was right again Feb. 20.
Second-seeded Hudson got back on the winning track with a lopsided 67-35 victory over Warren Howland in a Division I sectional semifinal contest at Ellet High School in Akron.
With the win, the Lady Explorers (18-5) earned a date with Nordonia in a sectional title game Feb. 23. Results of that game were not available at press time.
If Hudson were to win Feb. 23, it would get a date with the Stow-Munroe Falls-Walsh Jesuit winner in a district semifinal contest Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.
While a trip to district play would be nice, Lady Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler was more concerned with his team prior to the contest with Howland.
He feels a lot better now.
"We got back to playing the way we're capable of playing," Lawler said. "There was a lot of effort plays. We had some active hands and the girls had fun."
Last year, the Lady Tigers (11-12), led by 6-foot-4 post Taylor Williams, who is now playing at Princeton University (N.J.), scored a 54-53 win over Hudson in a district semifinal game.
It was no contest this time.
The Lady Explorers forced 11 first-quarter turnovers to take a 17-6 lead and never looked back.
Hudson continued to force Howland to hurry its passes, which led to more turnovers. The Lady Explorers led 37-13 at halftime.
Again, such defense was more like the Hudson team that dominated most of its opponents during the regular season.
"We had a tough stretch where we had to play three No. 1 seeds," Lawler said. "It got us ready for the tournament. We need to play this way. The girls seemed like they were afraid to do something the last few games."
Hannah Boesinger led the Lady Explorers with 15 points. She canned 9-of-12 shots from the free throw line.
Teammate Krissy Mummey scored 14 points, including 12 in the first half. She added eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Brynne Drohan added 12 points for Hudson, which made 18-of-22 from the charity stripe. A total of 12 Lady Explorers scored at least two points.
"Krissy has been playing great for us," Lawler said. "She can change games with her defensive pressure. I thought Brynne had a really nice game. She is starting to pick it up."
Victoria Rappach led Howland with 12 points.
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