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Scoring woes continue for Hudson girls

The Hudson girls basketball team's problems in conference action continued Friday night when visiting Eau Claire Memorial handed them a 38-28 defeat.

The Raiders did a good job of containing the Old Abes' offense, but they couldn't score enough points of their own to earn their first Big Rivers victory.

"Our defense is good enough to win. We just make some bad decisions (on offense). We're still turning the ball over too much," said Raiders coach Dave Johnson.

The Raiders dropped to 0-5 in conference play. They're 5-7 overall. Eau Claire Memorial improved to 4-2 in conference action.

While the Raiders trailed throughout the game, they were never so far behind that a victory was out of reach - until the closing minutes.

After trailing 23-15 at halftime, the Hudson girls narrowed the gap to six points in the third quarter. But every time the Raiders came close, the Old Abes would have another scoring spurt.

In a refrain seldom heard from coaches, Johnson said, "We're just not getting shots off. We're not shooting the ball enough."

"But they're good kids and they work hard," he added of his team.

Senior center Katie Layman was the high scorer for the Raiders with 10 points. Sharyn Dahl put in two three-pointers for six points. No one else had more than three.

The girls' best opportunities for a conference victory are in the week ahead. Friday night, Jan. 20, they travel to Menomonie to take on a team that is 1-4 in the Big Rivers. Next Tuesday, Jan. 24, they're at River Falls, also 1-4 in the conference.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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