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Raider girls lose to Chippewa Falls and River Falls

Hudson senior Katy Fox steals the ball from River Falls’ Karly Murphy in the fourth quarter of the Raider girls’ basketball team’s 54-48 loss to the Wildcats last Friday night at the high school gym. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)1 / 2
Hudson junior Maggie Koehler puts up a shot in the lane in the fourth quarter of the Raider girls’ basketball team’s 54-48 loss to River Falls last Friday night at the high school gym. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows) 2 / 2

The Raider girls’ basketball team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games on back-to-back nights, losing 46-32 at Chippewa Falls last Thursday before falling 54-48 to River Falls Friday at home.

The Raiders, now 4-6 overall, 2-3 in BRC play, will host Eau Claire North (6-5, 3-1) this Friday at 7:15 p.m. at the high school.

Last Thursday’s game at Chippewa Falls was a remake of a game cancelled two nights earlier due to weather. Hudson came out cold and trailed 11-6 at the end of one before going on a 12-5 run to take a six-point lead at halftime. But the first-place Cardinals (8-2, 3-0) turned the tables on the Raiders in the third quarter and opened up a 29-25 lead before going on to the 14-point victory.

“Boy did we have our opportunities tonight,” head coach Joe Behnke said about the loss. “We just had too many self-induced turnovers. “We were able to put together a nice half but couldn't find much of a rhythm offensively in the second half.”

Kaylyn Jenkins led all scorers with 15 points while Lexi Jonas added 10, including two three-pointers. Jordan Huber hit a three to finish with three points and Katy Fox and Ashley Juza had two each to round out the Raider scoring.

Friday the Raiders led at halftime for the second straight night but couldn’t hold on in the second half in a 54-48 loss to River Falls.

Hudson led 23-18 at the break but River Falls came back to take a 39-36 lead after three. A three-pointer by Huber midway through the fourth quarter pulled Hudson to within one, 41-40, but that’s as close as the Raiders could get as the Wildcats opened up a ten point lead with a minute remaining.

“Tonight we just didn't hit enough shots to win,” Behnke said. “We outshot River Falls by almost 20 shots yet only were able to connect on 33 percent of them. Our defense was also suspect at times as we had a few lapses and to River Falls’ credit they hit shots when we had those lapses.”

Jenkins finished with 18 points in the loss and Huber had 11, including a pair of three-pointers. Jonas finished with five points and Maggie Koehler scored four while Fox and Anna Paquette had three points each and Juza and Kate Johnson each scored 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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