by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- They had some open looks, but they refused to take them.
Such is the philosophy for the Lady Explorers in recent games.
You can always pass up a good shot for an even better shot.
That was certainly the case for the Hudson girls basketball team Dec. 18 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
The scoreboard certainly showed it.
The Lady Explorers earned their third consecutive victory after posting a lopsided 79-40 win over Northeast Ohio Conference rival Brush.
With the win, Hudson improved to 4-3 on the season. The Lady Explorers also earned a 64-30 victory over Kent Roosevelt Dec. 16 at Buck Hyser Gymnasium.
In both those contests, Hudson put on a clinic when it came to passing and got several easy layups as a result.
"I thought we moved the ball really well," Lady Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler said after the Brush game. "We shared the ball and found open people. When we do that, we can be very tough to guard."
Hudson led from start to finish and controlled the boards throughout the evening.
The Lady Explorers also forced 25 turnovers.
While Hudson's offense was sharp throughout the game, it was particularly lethal in the first and third quarters, respectively. The Lady Explorers outscored the Arcs (2-6) 46-10 in those two periods.
And Hudson was able to put this kind of dominance together with several different bodies. A total of 11 players scored at least one point for the Lady Explorers.
"We try to go as deep as we can go," Lawler said.
"We challenged our young players and they were getting after it and diving after loose balls. I thought Ava Cristofoli played a great game."
Cristofoli, a freshman forward, finished with a game-high 15 points by running the floor and getting easy finishes, thanks to her teammates' pinpoint passing.
Hudson's 6-foot-3 senior center, Krissy Mummey, added 13 points in limited minutes.
Senior guard Jackie Ulmer, who also spent much time on the bench after the first and third quarters due to the lopsided score, finished with 12 points.
The Lady Explorers made 34 field goals in all, including one three-pointer.
Brush, on the other hand, finished with just 14 field goals and four of those conversions were from beyond the three-point arc.
Neither team was particularly sharp from the free throw line. Hudson made just 10 of 29, while the Arcs finished 8 of 27.
The Lady Explorers also posted a 52-18 win in the junior varsity contest. Morgan Ludewig led Hudson with 14 points and Erin Torrence and Elle Marquez added 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Explorers.
Hudson's JV squad improved to 5-3 and earned its fifth consecutive victory.
Against Kent, Ulmer led a balanced attack with 10 points and five assists. The Lady Explorers forced 42 Rough Rider turnovers.
Mummey and senior guard Margo Camp each had six steals and senior guard Allison Baylor finished with five steals.
Mummey added 10 rebounds and junior guard Megan Monsman grabbed eight rebounds.
Hudson also posted a 42-29 in the JV contest.
Torrence led the way with 11 points and Monsman had 10 points.
Both teams were scheduled to visit Kenston Dec. 21 in Chagrin Falls. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to visit Berea Dec. 27. Varsity game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.