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Raider girls' basketball team picks up first win

Raider guard Maggie Koehler drives past a Mahtomedi defender in Hudson’s 49-41 road victory Friday night. Koehler led the Raiders in scoring with 11 points. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Hudson junior Kaylyn Jenkins goes up for a basket in the Raider girls’ basketball team’s 49-41 victory at Mahtomedi last Friday night. Jenkins was one of three Raiders to score in double figures with 10 points. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

After letting a second quarter lead slip away at Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday, the Raider girls’ basketball team put together its best effort of the season to post a 49-41 win Friday night at Mahtomedi, Minn.

Playing without point guard Anna Paquette due to a hip flexor injury, three Raiders stepped up to score in double figures, led by Maggie Koehler with 11 points to give the Raiders their first win of the season.

Hudson, now 1-2, will open Big Rivers Conference play this Friday night at Menomonie.

Raider head coach Joe Behnke called Friday night’s win at Mahtomedi, “just a tremendous, gutsy effort.”

“I could go right down the roster tonight and give you huge improvements and contributions from everyone,” he said. “I am so proud of the girls and excited they get to see their hard work pay off.  We took our lumps the first two games of the year and, to the girls’ credit, they just kept working hard and didn't panic. We were balanced and composed when the game’s intensity was on, and the girls responded in a huge way.”

“Maggie Koehler stepped in and really paced us tonight,” Behnke said. “She controlled the tempo and that was the key.”

Kaylyn Jenkins and Ashley Juza contributed 10 points each in the victory and Lexi Jonas added nine while Jordan Huber scored five and Katy Fox and Kate Johnson finished with two points each.

Earlier in the week at Baldwin-Woodville the Raiders held a one-point lead, 16-15, midway through the second quarter only to find themselves trailing 29-16 at the half. The end result was a 54-36 loss to the undefeated Blackhawks.

“We saw improvement from game one but we’re really working on our self-confidence and the ability to avoid lapses,” Behnke said. “Our youth and inexperience showed up again. Our motto is no reaction is a good reaction. We will slowly build this season a step at time.”

Jenkins finished with 15 points in the loss and Huber and Juza scored six points each while Paquette finished with five.  

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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