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The host Hudson girls basketball team lost a lopsided 67-30 decision to Suburban League National Conference rival Twinsburg Feb. 1 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Lady Explorers dropped to 5-13 overall and 3-8 in the National Conference. The Lady Tigers improved to 13-5 and 11-1 in the conference.
Twinsburg went on a 19-0 run during the first and second quarters to take a 24-6 lead.
The Lady Tigers relied on stellar defense, which forced 11 turnovers, a relentless attack on the glass and good ball movement.
Twinsburg was able to get a number of baskets in the paint, thanks to its offensive rebounding and ability to find open players in transition.
All told, the Lady Tigers had a 45-22 edge on the glass, including 17 offensive rebounds, and they forced 28 turnovers.
Three players reached double figures in scoring for Twinsburg. Senior guard/forward Dasja Anderson led all scorers with 19 points and senior guard/forward Jasmine Bishop had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior guard Shaundrea Butler also was an extremely difficult matchup for Hudson.
The left-handed shooting Butler scored 11 points and dished out several assists. Sophomore guard Nya Bussey led Twinsburg's defense with 4 steals.
Thanks to the Lady Tigers strong defense, the Lady Explorers had trouble scoring both inside and outside. Twinsburg was particularly strong defending the 3-point line as Hudson struggled to get open looks from beyond the arc.
Junior point guard Elizabeth Hinkle led Hudson with 8 points and younger sister Sarah Hinkle, a freshman guard, contributed 7 points.
The Lady Tigers converted 13-of-24 shots from the free throw line. The Lady Explorers, who missed a number of shots from point-blank range, were just 8-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Twinsburg also earned a 40-35 win in the junior varsity contest.