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Girls' basketball: Raider girls get complete effort

Hudson senior Melanie Carli is fouled by River Falls' Faith Mader (15) on a drive to the basket in the first half of the Raider girls' basketball team's 65-48 win at River Falls Friday, Dec. 7. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson sophomore Livi Boily (13) is defended by River Falls' Bailey Reardon (23) as she drives the baseline in the first half of the Raider girls' basketball team's Big Rivers Conference game at River Falls Friday, Dec. 7. Boily recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Hudson to a 65-48 victory. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Hudson girls' basketball coach Jessica Carney called it her team's best game of the season.

Lauren Stolzman scored 16 points, Sophia Jonas had 14 points and three steals, and Livi Boily registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak with a 65-48 victory over River Falls Friday, Dec. 7, in River Falls.

Every player that saw the floor had at least two points in the win and the Raiders outrebounded River Falls 47-20 with 18 offensive rebounds leading to 17 second-chance points. Hudson had assists on 15 of their 26 made baskets, came up with a total of 10 steals, and blocked four shots while holding the Wildcats to just 31 percent shooting from the field.

"We played a great team game overall," Carney said. "We rebounded and played together on both sides of the ball. We had nice movement and execution on the offensive end, and really buckled down to play some tenacious defense for 36 minutes."

Hudson opened up a 32-22 halftime lead and the Wildcats scored a couple of quick baskets to open the second half, but the Raiders had an answer for every River Falls' run and pulled away for the 17-point victory.

Grace Johnson contributed eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win and Audrey Hatfield had eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots while Melanie Carli pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists.

The Raiders, now 2-3 overall, 1-2 in Big Rivers Conference play, will host Eau Claire North (2-5, 1-1) this Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., and Carney said she hopes to continue to build off the momentum of last Friday's win in River Falls.

"It was our best effort as a team so far in a game this season, with a lot of players stepping up," she said. "We look to build off of this and keep working hard and improving every day."

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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