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Basketball: Girls fall short at Hastings

Hudson freshman Audrey Hatfield (50) puts up a shot in the Raider girls basketball team's 58-45 loss at Hastings Friday, Dec. 15. Photo courtesy of Michael Huber

The Hastings girls basketball team held its first four opponents to an average of just over 30 points per game so far this season. Hudson nearly matched that total in the first half.

The Hudson Raiders and Hastings Raiders played to a 25-25 tie through the first 18 minutes Friday, Dec. 15, in Hastings. But the home team outscored its Wisconsin visitors 33-20 in the second half to remain undefeated with a 58-45 victory.

The 45 points by Hudson were the most scored against Hastings this season while the 13-point margin of victory was the closest of any of Hastings' five wins. Hudson slipped to 3-4 with the loss.

Shayla Wallin posted a double-double in the loss with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Izzy Hanson was the next highest scorer for Hudson with eight points and came up with two steals. Audrey Hatfield came off the bench to record four points, four rebounds and two assists while Lexi LeFever finished with three points and a team-high five assists.

The Raiders shot 14-of-46 from the field and were 11-of-16 from the free throw line while Hastings connected on 24-of-64 of their field goal attempts and were 6-of-14 from the line. Both teams hit four three-pointers.

The Raiders visited Menomonie (5-3) Tuesday, Dec. 19 before returning home to host D.C. Everest (5-3) Friday, Dec. 22 at 7:15 p.m.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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