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Raider girls' basketball team wins three straight

Hudson guard Jordan Huber leads a Raider fast break in the team’s 56-54 nonconference victory over Stillwater last Saturday in Stillwater. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Michael Waterman)1 / 2
Hudson’s Maggie Koehler (12) looks to make a pass after going to the floor for a loose ball in the Raider girls’ basketball team’s 56-54 nonconference victory over Stillwater last Saturday in Stillwater. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Michael Waterman)2 / 2

The Raider girls’ basketball team overcame an 11-point halftime deficit at Stillwater Dec. 28 to roar back for its third straight victory, 56-54, over the Ponies.

Hudson committed 22 first half turnovers and fell behind 29-18 at the break before storming back in the second half.

“So excited to see our girls meet the physical challenge in the second half,” Raider head coach Joe Behnke said. “The first half Stillwater imposed their will on us. The difference was when the going got tough, we had smiles on our faces and enjoyed the excitement of the game. We learned how to win today and did a lot of growing up with handling the pressure of the moment.”

The victory was the third straight for Hudson after opening the season with back-to-back losses. The Raiders, now 3-2 overall (1-0 BRC), will host Superior this Friday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. They return to Big Rivers Conference action Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Rice Lake.

At Stillwater on Saturday, Dec. 28, freshman Lexi Jonas hit four of her six three-pointers in the second half to spark the Raider comeback. Jonas was a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc on her way to a career-high 23 points.

“We knew she had it in her but she has struggled early in the year getting it going, as expected being in that situation,” Behnke said. “It was fun to see her come into her own today.”

Kaylyn Jenkins recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive end, while Anna Paquette contributed seven points, Ashley Juza scored six, Jordan Huber had four and Katy Fox scored two.

“You could go down the line appreciating the effort given forth today,” Behnke said.

Behnke credited a visit to practice the previous day from former Raider great and Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Martha Richards with inspiring the team.

“Her message epitomizes how we came out and came through today,” Behnke said. “Staying the course and enjoying the opportunity to succeed in the moment.”  

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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