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Raider girls' hoops team splits a pair of games

Hudson freshman Anna Paquette hits a twisting layup for two of her 10 points in the Raider girls' basketball team's 51-44 loss to Rice Lake last Tuesday at the high school gym.

Three nights after taking Rice Lake down to the wire in a 51-44 Big Rivers Conference loss Tuesday, the Raider girls' basketball team was able to hold off New Richmond for a 44-30 victory Friday in New Richmond.

After opening up a nine-point halftime lead against the Tigers, The Raiders saw their lead shrink to five at the end of the third quarter before extending the gap through the final frame for the 14-point win.

"I thought our defense as a whole was pretty solid all night," Raider coach Joe Behnke said. "We held their best player, Sydney Kanne, to just six points and she has been averaging in the high teens. Although we still had our lapses on both sides of the ball tonight we were able to overcome them and make plays down the stretch to pull out our most convincing win of the year."

Kindra Witthus and Sarah Krier led the Raiders with 11 points each and Anna Paquette scored eight while Maggie Koehler finished with seven, Jordan Huber scored five, and Hannah Wirth and Kaylyn Jenkins added a free throw each.

Three nights earlier at home against Rice Lake, the Raiders and Warriors were tied, 44-44, with a minute remaining before the Warriors closed the game with a 7-0 run to pull out the win.

Rice Lake had a big advantage at the free throw line, connecting on 18-of-23 attempts compared to 3-of-5 for Hudson.

"We definitely had our chances," Behnke said. "We know we left some points on the floor tonight and that stings. We don't have time to hang our heads though as we are continuing to improve and we are making strides."

Paquette and Koehler finished with ten points each in the loss while Krier added nine and Huber scored seven. Witthus scored six points while Katy Fox had two.

Behnke said he was pleased with the way the Raiders bounced back to beat New Richmond later in the week.

"It is a great way to head into our break to take a little time off and then come back together after Christmas and gear up for the long part of the season," he said.

The Raiders return to action Thursday, Jan. 3, at home against Eau Claire Memorial at 7:30 p.m.