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They will be significant underdogs the next time they take the court, but the Lady Explorers earned themselves another game.
The ninth-seeded Hudson girls basketball team made a stellar 2017 postseason debut after earning a convincing 60-38 victory over Cleveland John Adams.
The Euclid Division I sectional semifinal contest took place Feb. 18 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lady Explorers have a date in a sectional title game against top-seeded Solon Feb. 23 on the road. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Against the Lady Rebels, Hudson dominated from start to finish.
The Lady Explorers (8-15) forced 16 first-quarter turnovers and took a 16-2 lead late in the period.
All told, John Adams (13-11) lost the ball 39 times as it had much difficulty handling Hudson's pressure throughout the evening.
The Lady Explorers had many possession where the ball moved all around the court. As a result, Hudson's ability to find the open player led to a number of wide-open perimeter shots.
And thanks to their stingy defense, the Lady Explorers were able to get a number of uncontested layups in transition.
Three players reached double digits in scoring for Hudson. Junior point guard Elizabeth Hinkle led all scorers with 16 points and sophomore guard Dai'Shunai Steward, who caused all kinds of chaos with her active hands on defense, added 15 points.
Hudson's leading scorer, Ava Cristofoli, contributed 11 points. The Lady Explorers made six 3-pointers and were 6-of-14 from the free throw line.