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The host Hudson girls basketball team dropped to 5-14 overall and 3-9 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to Stow-Munroe Falls 68-37 Feb. 6 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
Thanks to the hot shooting of senior forward Lindsey Molnar, the Lady Bulldogs (17-2, 11-1), who are tied with Twinsburg on top of the National Conference standings, raced out to a 21-5 lead.
Molnar knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers late in the period and finished with 15 points on five triples.
Stow was one or two steps ahead of the Lady Explorers throughout the evening.
The Lady Bulldogs moved the ball around and made a habit of finding wide-open teammates.
Stow also gave Hudson fits on the glass. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Lady Explorers 46-20, including 16-3 on the offensive end.
And of course, Stow's defense, which has been its strength throughout the season, made life extremely difficult for Hudson's offense.
The Lady Bulldogs forced turnovers, contested and blocked shots and thanks to their ability to crash the boards, held the Lady Explorers to many one-and-done possessions.
The catalyst of Stow's attack was 5-foot-5 sophomore point guard Lexi Petit. She found open teammates, hustled into traffic to get rebounds and also was a threat from the perimeter. Petit finished with a team-high 17 points and drained three 3-pointers.
Junior guard Theresa Parr and sophomore forward Lizzy Stefanov each scored 8 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Senior guard Ava Cristofoli led Hudson with a game-high 18 points and sophomore guard Emma Messina finished with 8 points. No other player scored more than four points for the Lady Explorers.
Hudson improved to 11-7 overall with a 35-28 win in the junior varsity contest. Freshman guard Audrey Kirkhope-Moss contributed a team-high 15 points.