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by Frank Aceto | Associate Sports Editor
They shot the ball poorly and they couldn't get any stops on defense.
Still, 65 points are normally enough to win a high school girls basketball game.
Unfortunately for the Lady Explorers, that wasn't the case.
Hudson dropped its third consecutive game after losing a 77-65 decision to Northeast Ohio Conference rival Mayfield Dec. 4 on the road.
The Lady Wildcats (2-1) had two players score more than 20 points and had another player in double digits.
Shannon Zajec led all scorers with 22 points and Halle Rubino added 21. Lisa Mahon also scored 15 points for Mayfield, which outscored the Lady Explorers 21-14 in the final eight minutes.
"We have to do a better job defensively," Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said. "When you score 65 points, that should be enough to win."
Of course, the Lady Explorers (1-3) didn't help themselves on the offensive end either. Despite making a respectable 5 of 12 shots from three-point range, Hudson shot just 32 percent (22 of 69) overall.
"We have to be willing to share the ball a little bit more," Lawler said. "A lot of times, we took tougher shots than we had to take. We could have found someone else who had a more open shot."
Nevertheless, the Lady Explorers somehow managed to stay in the game until the fourth quarter.
In fact, Hudson had a 51-50 lead late in the third quarter. But the Lady Wildcats concluded the period with a 6-0 run and never looked back.
"They [the Lady Wildcats] shot the ball well, especially in the first quarter [Mayfield had a 23-18 lead after the first eight minutes]," Lawler aid. "We had stretches where we played well. We got off to a good start and then we got behind and then we took the lead in the third quarter."
Senior center Krissy Mummey led the Lady Explorers with 19 points and 16 rebounds and senior guards Jackie Ulmer and Margo Camp added 16 and 12 points, respectively, for Hudson. Camp also had eight rebounds.
As a team, the Lady Explorers pulled down 45 rebounds and had 16 turnovers.
"I thought we did a good job of rebounding in the second half," Lawler said. "Our turnovers were down, but we still didn't finish off some of our possessions. They [the Lady Wildcats] had 18 second-chance points. We're still a work in progress. I'm going to keep working on them and continue to stress how well they are doing in some areas."
Hudson's junior varsity squad improved to 2-2 on the season with a 45-29 victory. Erin Torrence led the Lady Explorers with 11 point and Erin Madar added eight points.
Both the varsity and JV teams were scheduled to visit NOC Valley Division foe Twinsburg Dec. 7. Results were not available at press time. They are set to visit Valley Division rival Mentor Dec. 14. Varsity tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.