The Hudson girls basketball team has a long way to go in terms of mastering the Suburban League National Conference.

This much is clear, though: The Lady Explorers own Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

Hudson improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the National Conference after earning a 52-36 victory over the Lady Bees Saturday on the road.

Since National Conference play began during the 2015-16 season, the Lady Explorers have won five consecutive games against Brecksville.

Hudson gained some distance in the second quarter to take a 28-19 lead at halftime and increased its advantage to 15 (40-25) at the end of three quarters.

"We did some nice stuff with the lead in the fourth," Lady Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler said. "Lorenza (Chiarappa) had a 3-pointer well beyond the line at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter.

"We got a couple of layups in the fourth quarter. We were patient running our offensive sets and we got some good looks at the basket."

Four players scored 73 percent of Hudson's points.

Emma Messina had a team-high 13 points and Elizabeth Hinkle finished with 11 points for the Lady Explorers. Chiarappa and Audrey Kirkhope-Moss each had 7 points for Hudson.

The Lady Explorers made seven 3-pointers, but they were just 7 of 15 from the foul line.

"We're still struggling a little bit at the line," Lawler said. "I thought we shot the ball better. Defensively, we made some nice adjustments. I'm encouraged by how we bounced back(from a 61-42 loss to Kenston Nov. 29)."

Hudson shot 19 of 50 from the floor and had 40 rebounds. Traci Wright led the Lady Explorers with 10 rebounds. She also had 3 steals.

Anastasia Lawler contributed 4 assists and Hinkle added 6 rebounds for Hudson. The Lady Explorers had 17 turnovers.

Hudson's junior varsity team fell to 0-3 on the season after losing 31-21.

Both the varsity and JV squads are scheduled to visit National Conference rival Nordonia Dec. 6 in Macedonia before returning home to Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium to play conference foe North Royalton Dec. 9. Both varsity games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

"Nordonia has two very good players in Soleil Barnes and Kimmie Imrie," Lawler said. "We'll have to be ready. Hopefully, we'll be up to the challenge."


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