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Raider girls' basketball team goes 1-1 in Big Rivers play

The Raider girls’ basketball team picked up an impressive 58-35 road victory at Rice Lake last Tuesday night before struggling on the road Thursday at Eau Claire Memorial and suffering its first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season, 47-28.

Hudson, now 4-4 overall, 2-1 in the BRC, hosted Chippewa Falls this past Tuesday, Jan. 14, and will host River Falls in the first half of a Raider-Wildcat, girls/boys doubleheader this Friday at 5:45 p.m.

Last Tuesday the Raiders made the long trip to Rice Lake in subzero temperatures and came away with a 58-35 victory.

“With the cold weather and not being able to practice since our last game the Friday before, I thought the girls came out and were as sharp as we could have hoped for,” head coach Joe Behnke said.

The Raiders jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and led 33-17 at halftime before cruising to the victory. Jordan Huber had 19 points, including four of the Raiders’ seven three-pointers, while Lexi Jonas hit two threes and finished with 14 points.

“We have struggled handling pressure at times this year and tonight we broke Rice Lake’s with ease,” Behnke said. “We also ended up with 16 assists, which shows how we shared the ball tonight. The extra pass was getting us that great shot and we were knocking them down. A great effort coming off a long layoff and a long road trip.”

Kaylyn Jenkins gave the Raiders’ three players in double figures in scoring with 10 points and Anna Paquette contributed seven while Madi Hemauer scored four points and Katy Fox and Ashley Juza finished with two each.

Thursday night the Raiders struggled from the opening tip and made just two of 12 field goals in the first quarter while falling behind 17-4. Hudson shot just 19 percent in the first half and 24 percent for the game.

After trailing 27-10 at halftime the Raiders were never able to cut the deficit to less than 14 points in the second half.

“I'll take the blame tonight as our girls weren't ready to play,” Behnke said. “No excuses; I need to have them better prepared. We know we are young and will take our lumps from time to time, but tonight we just couldn't get anything going offensively. Never got in a rhythm or a flow.”

Juza and Jonas had seven points apiece and Huber and Jenkins each scored six while Maggie Koehler rounded out the Raider total with two.

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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