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Raider girls' basketball team defeats Menomonie in Big Rivers opener

Hudson High School girls’ basketball players pose with donations made to the local food shelf by participants in the program’s second annual youth clinic Saturday in the school commons. The clinic drew over 120 pre-kindergarten through eighth-graders who were asked to bring a non-perishable food item. Raider players and coaches served as clinic instructors. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

The Raider girls’ basketball team won its second game in a row after two losses to start the season with a 51-40 Big Rivers Conference road victory at Menomonie last Friday.

The Raiders jumped out to a 16-4 lead before going cold from the floor and trailed 21-20 at halftime. Hudson heated up and shot 48 percent from the field in the second half to slowly gain control.

Joe Behnke said the Raiders’ offensive execution was as good as he’s seen in his two years as Raider head coach.

“We had nice balance again tonight, and having 11 assists turn up on the stat sheet was a credit to that,” he said. “We shared the ball well.”

Seven different Raiders scored at least four points, led by Ashley Juza with 12. Jordan Huber added 11, including three three-pointers, and Kaylyn Jenkins scored eight while Anna Paquette and Katy Fox had six points apiece and Lexi Jonas and Maggie Koehler each contributed four.

After trailing by one at the half, Hudson built a 32-27 lead at the end of three on their way to the 11-point win.

“Anytime you can get a conference win on the road we'll take it,” Behnke said. “It's a nice way to go into the winter break with that two game winning streak.”

The Raiders, now 2-2 overall, 1-0 in BRC play, return to action this Saturday, Dec. 28, with a nonconference game at Stillwater at 3 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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