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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
During the last couple of weeks, the Hudson girls basketball team has elevated its play en route to a four-game winning streak.
The Lady Explorers will have to turn it up a notch higher.
Hudson posted a 43-24 victory over Kenston Dec. 21 in Chagrin Falls.
The Lady Explorers' recent winning streak will be put to the test.
Hudson (5-3) has quality teams Berea-Midpark and Westlake on the schedule to close out 2013 and then take on Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division heavyweights Mentor and Stow-Munroe Falls to open 2014.
"These games will be a really good test for us," Lady Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler said. "It will give us a good understanding of how we shape up for the second half of the season."
Against the Bombers, Hudson, which finished with 12 turnovers and 42 rebounds, scored the last six points of the first half to take a 20-13 lead and then made another run in the third quarter to put the game away.
"We didn't do a very good job of being patient on offense in the first half," Lawler said. "We rushed things a little bit. We took quick shots and we weren't attacking. I thought we did a much better job in the second half."
Krissy Mummey led the Lady Explorers with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Megan Monsman and Jackie Ulmer added nine and seven points, respectively, for Hudson, which converted just one three-pointer in 12 attempts.
Monsman also had eight rebounds. Annie Randall led the Bombers with 10 points.
"We came out a little lackadaisical and we're looking for a spark," Lawler said. "Megan hit a big three that ignited the run at the end of the second quarter. Jackie [Ulmer] was in foul trouble the whole first half and didn't score. We were able to overcome that when Megan gave us a push."
The Lady Explorers posted a 38-26 win in the junior varsity contest. Erin Torrence led Hudson with 11 points and teammate Hannah Monsman added 10 points.
The Lady Explorers are scheduled to visit Berea-Midpark Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Berea-Midpark features 6-foot-3 post player Stasha Carey, who recently signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and basketball careers at the University of Pittsburgh.
Hudson is set to return to Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium to play Westlake Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.