Raider girls' basketball team picks up first win
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.