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Girls end season on 64-game winning streak

Published: March 5, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Hudson fifth-grade girls travel basketball team extended its winning streak to 64 games after recently winning the 2017 Stow Classic.

It was Hudson's ninth championship during its streak.

"While we tried to stay focused on just winning the next game, everyone involved with the team all weekend could feel the pressure a bit," head coach Brian Angielski said.

Hudson posted a 32-14 victory over Uniontown Lake in its first game. Grace Jackson scored 12 of Hudson's 25 first-half points.

In the second game, Hudson beat Woodridge 42-12. Kara Lightner scored 12 points, while both Taylor Angielski and Grace Jackson each finished with 10 points.

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Hudson then cruised to a 44-2 win over Kent as Lightner had 14 points followed by Corinne Stearns with 8 points.

Hudson fell behind 2-0 in the semifinal against Bath Township Revere, but then hit the next 14 points and went into halftime up 21-5.

Grace Jackson and Lightner each scored 10 points and Taylor Angielski added 8, as Hudson easily won 31-10.

Lake, which readily handled Stow in the other semifinal game, was the last hurdle for Hudson to finish the season undefeated.

Hudson opened with a quick 2-0 lead off Taylor Angielski's baseline jumper. But Lake responded and went up 5-2, and kept the lead as it went into halftime up 11-10.

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"The girls felt some pressure of the undefeated record, plus we just came out flat," Hudson assistant coach Noreen Jackson said. "Too many missed layups and unforced turnovers."

But Hudson got things together in the third quarter.

Lightner opened with a power layup. Taylor Angielski splashed in an elbow jumper and Grace Jackson displayed an ankle turning cross-over as she easily scored down the lane.

Hudson quickly went back up 16-11 and locked down as a team on defense.

In fact, Lake did not score a single basket in the 2nd half. Hudson went on to earn a 24-11 victory.

"We try to develop not only their individual talent, but also teach them how to work together and win as a high performing team, especially when things are not going their way," Brian Angielski said.

Hudson finished 29-0 this season and its average margin of victory was 19.8 points.


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