Emily Van Ausdal, Jordan Torrez and Cheyenne Wilson

River Falls’ Emily Van Ausdal, left, Jordan Torrez (20) and Cheyenne Wilson (2) react after teammate Lily Burke hit two free throws with nine seconds left to seal the Wildcats’ 46-41 victory over Hudson Friday night in River Falls. Bob Burrows / Star-Observer photo

Ella Peters led all scorers with 15 points, Jordan Schwantz scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half, and Lily Burke hit two key free throws with nine seconds remaining to give the River Falls girls basketball team its first win of the season, 46-41, over defending Big Rivers Conference champion and previously unbeaten Hudson Friday night in River Falls.

Burke also finished with 13 points to give the Wildcats three players in double figures while Olivia Grothaus had 12 points and Grace Lewis scored 10 for Hudson.

River Falls entered the game 0-4 while Hudson was 5-0 but the score was tied 19-19 at the break. Both teams opened leads of four points through the first 11 minutes of the second half and the score was tied twice before Schwantz hit one of two free throws and put back the miss of her second shot to give the Wildcats the lead for good, 35-32, with seven minutes remaining.

The Cats widened the gap to nine, 44-35, with three minutes left before the Raiders went on a 6-0 run to pull within three, 44-41, with 32 seconds remaining.

River Falls went 0-for-4 from the free throw line in the following 23 seconds and the Raiders turned the ball over once before Burke drained two free throws with nine seconds left to make it a two possession game.’

Hudson missed a three at the end and couldn’t get off another shot to give the Wildcats the 46-41 win.

The Wildcats were just 7-of-17 from the free throw line in the game, including 3-of-13 in the second half. Hudson was only slightly better, going 9-of-20 from the line in the second half and 10-of-23 for the game.

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