Girl cagers win one, lose one in holiday action
The Hudson girls defeated Milwaukee Vincent 53-43 in their opening game of the AAU Holiday Basketball Classic at UW-Stout last week, then fell to Minneapolis North by a score of 42-28 the following day.
Junior center Katie Layman made nine of 12 shots from the floor and two of three free throws for a team-high 20 points against Vincent. Junior guard Megan Givens contributed 16 points.
Hudson trailed 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Milwaukee girls by eight in the second quarter for a 29-25 halftime lead.
Givens sank two three-pointers and three free throws, while Layman put in four two-point goals, to spark the Raiders' second-quarter rally.
The Raiders opened up a nine-point lead in the third quarter on three field goals by Layman and two each from forward Jessica Tewes and guard Janelle Daniels.
The following night (Dec. 29), Hudson fell behind Minneapolis North by seven in the first quarter, but again rallied in the second quarter to knot the score at 17-17 at halftime.
The Raiders couldn't continue the magic this time, however. They scored just five points in the third quarter and six in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, North's Maurika Carlisle drained three treys in the third period as the Minneapolis girls opened up a lead.
No one made it into double figures in scoring for the Raiders. Tewes had nine points and 12 rebounds, both team highs. Layman and Givens each contributed eight points.
"We just couldn't score. Nobody really stepped up," said Hudson coach Dave Johnson.
He said that North's tall front line, led by a six-foot-three center, was able to stop the Raiders' interior offense, and their long-range shots didn't fall.
Still, "we played right with them," Johnson said. "They had that run, and we just never rebounded from it."
Johnson was pleased with the improvement his team showed in handling the full-court presses that both Milwaukee Vincent and Minneapolis North threw at it.
"Those were two good games for us," he said. "We know we can score. We're a little shaky handling presses. Now we've done that with two pretty good teams. We've just got to put the whole thing together and I think we'll be fine."
The Hudson girls were 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big Rivers going into Tuesday night's home game with Menomonie (0-2 in conference play). They travel to Eau Claire Memorial (2-1) Saturday night (Jan. 8).