Raider boys turn the Cards for share of Big Rivers title
The Raider boys took care of business Friday night, rolling over last-place Chippewa Falls 63-45 to earn a share of the Big Rivers Conference 2004-5 basketball championship.
Hudson and River Falls each finished the conference schedule with 11-1 records.
Now the Raiders have turned their attention to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament that for them starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on their home court against the winner of Tuesday's Eau Claire Memorial-Eau Claire North regional semifinal.
"It was a good way to finish up the regular season," Hudson coach Tim Scharfenberg said of Friday night's victory. "Now we're focusing our efforts on doing our best to get to Madison."
A trip to the state tournament would take three victories. If the Raiders survive Saturday's regional final, they'll likely face either No. 2 seed River Falls or No. 3 seed Menomonie in the sectional semifinal March 11 at Chippewa Falls.
Lakeland and Wausau West are the top seeds in the other half of the Section 1 bracket. The sectional final is slated for March 12 at Eau Claire North.
Senior forward Nate Zuehl connected on six shots from three-point range and scored a career-high 26 points in the conference finale.
The Raiders sank 10 three-pointers in all, with Matt Miller adding three and Jay Langdon one. Miller scored a total of 11 points and Langdon had eight.
Hudson raced to a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and wasn't seriously threatened the rest of the way.