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A lack of offense in the early-going resulted in two losses for the Hudson girls basketball team last week. Each was dealt by a leading team in the Big Rivers Conference.

Hudson made a game of it in the second half Tuesday night at Eau Claire North before falling 51-46. Chippewa Falls, the No. 1-ranked girls team in Wisconsin, defeated the Raiders 53-41 here on Friday.

The Huskies outscored the Raiders 20-3 in the first quarter of Tuesday night's contest and led 27-9 at halftime.

The Raiders mounted a comeback in the third period, pouring in 22 points to narrow the gap to as few as four. But a North three-pointer boosted the Huskies' lead to seven, and the Raiders didn't get it under five points the rest of the way.

Sophomore post player Amy Frye gave Hudson fans cause for optimism about the future, however. She made nine of 15 shots from the floor and four of six free throws for a game-high 22 points.

"We hung in there," said Hudson coach Dave Johnson. "We dug ourselves a big hole early and then we came back."

Classmates Emily Rose, Sarah Hanson and Chelsey Bouzard joined Frye in the scoring attack, prompting Johnson to say, "Hopefully, those young sophomores are toughening up a little bit."

The Raiders managed just two points in the first quarter of Friday night's contest here with the Cardinals.

Once again, they improved their play in the later quarters, but not enough to overtake the presumed best girls' team in the state.

"At least we're hanging in there. We're not giving up," Johnson said. "It could have gotten ugly, but our kids just keep fighting."

The Cardinals, with three seniors in the front line topping six feet, were just too big for the Raiders, Johnson said. Plus, they have an outstanding point guard in Monica Mayry directing their offense.

Chippewa Falls led 14-2 at the end of the first quarter and 24-10 at halftime. The Cardinals widened the lead to 45-26 in the third period. The Raiders regained some ground in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 15-8.

Katie Layman scored 13 points to lead the Raiders. Frye added nine points.

The losses left the Hudson girls in last place in the Big Rivers standings with a 1-9 record. Chippewa Falls leads the league at 9-0.

The Raider girls' next game is Saturday afternoon (Feb. 11) at Eau Claire Memorial. Tip-off is at 2:45 p.m. They host Ellsworth next Tuesday night, Feb. 14.

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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