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Raider girls break Big Rivers hex

The Hudson girls basketball team got its first win of the season in Big Rivers Conference play Friday night, defeating the visitors from Rice Lake 49-41.

The Raiders used a productive second quarter to take a 26-14 lead at halftime and were able to protect it the rest of the way. They outscored the Warriors 18-5 in the second period.

"We played a pretty darned good game. It was a big win for us," said coach Dave Johnson. He was happy for his team, which has come out on the short end of several other close conference battles.

The victory put the Raiders at 1-7 in the standings. They have a 6-9 record overall.

Senior post player Katie Layman and her sophomore counterpart Amy Frye provide nearly all of the firepower for Hudson. Layman scored 21 points, and Frye, 17.

"We got the ball inside and got high percentage shots. Those two kids had real nice ballgames," Johnson said.

Sophomore forward Sarah Hanson added six points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four assists.

The Raiders had a good night shooting all-round. They converted 18 of 30 two-point attempts and 13 of 17 free throws.

The difference from other close contests the Raiders have been involved in is that they held the lead down the stretch.

"We were able to use the clock," Johnson said, instead of "coming from behind and having to foul."

The Raiders fell to the Wildcats 44-30 in a game played Tuesday of last week at River Falls.

Hudson led 6-1 at the end of the first quarter in that contest, and 15-12 at halftime. But the wheels came off the wagon in the third period with River Falls outscoring the Raiders 20-4.

"We just couldn't score," Johnson explained.

Emily Rose was Hudson's high scorer with seven points.

The Raiders succeeded in limiting the Wildcats' Kelsie Flanscha to five points, but that left her teammates open to rain in some shots from the outside. Flanscha had scored 24 points in the teams' Dec. 2 game at Hudson.

"Don't count us out yet," Johnson said of the Raider girls. "We've still got a lot of work to do, but we've got a couple of weeks here in February to get ready for the end (of the season)."

He was hoping for a good showing Tuesday night at Eau Claire North (4-3). Chippewa Falls (8-0), one of the top-ranked girls teams in the state, pays a visit to the Hudson floor Friday night (Feb. 3). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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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