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Cardinals thump Raider girls

After an encouraging 46-32 non-conference win at Shakopee, Minn., on Tuesday of last week, the Hudson girls basketball team was dealt a disappointing 61-33 loss at home against Chippewa Falls on Friday.

The loss to the league-leading Cardinals (6-0) dropped the Raiders (4-2, 7-6) into third place in the Big Rivers Conference.

"They're undefeated for a reason," said Hudson coach Dave Johnson of the Chippewa Falls squad. "They have a very good team. (They have) good size. Their guards can handle the ball and shoot it."

Two three-pointers by Chippewa's Theresa Monpas helped the Cardinals to a five-point first quarter lead. In the second quarter, the Cardinals went inside to six-foot-one Kelsey Hewitt for seven points and led 27-15 at half-time.

Things got worse in the second half with the Cardinals outscoring Raider 16-11 in the third quarter and 18-7 in the fourth.

"We kind of got thumped," Johnson said. "Chippewa came ready to play. I thought they just out-hustled us. They just out-played us all four quarters."

It didn't help that the Cardinals shot extremely well from the floor, making 59 percent of their field goals compared to the Raiders' 38 percent.

Hudson was three-of-12 from three-point range, compared to Chippewa Falls' five-of-12.

Junior center Katie Layman led Hudson in scoring with 11 points. Meanwhile, three Cardinals cracked double figures. Monica Mayry had 15, and Hewitt and Alaina Spaeth, 14 each.

"You've got to learn from it," Johnson said of the defeat. "You're judged on how you handle adversity, so you've got to bounce back."

The Hudson team got off to a fast start at Shakopee and led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, they had increased the lead to 31-12.

Senior forward Jessica Tewes had a good game, scoring a game-high 19 points. Sharyn Dahl came off the bench to put in two three-pointers in the second quarter and finished the game with eight points. Layman had 10.

The Raiders hosted River Falls (0-6) Tuesday night. They face another challenge Friday night when they travel to Eau Claire North (5-1)

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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