HUDSON -- Once upon a time, the Hudson-Stow-Munroe Falls girls basketball game was a fierce rivalry.
These days, however, it's pretty one-sided these days in favor of the Bulldogs.
Hudson fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Suburban League National Conference after suffering a lopsided 79-40 defeat to the host Lady Bulldogs Dec. 14 at Stow's James G. Tyree Gymnasium.
Stow (3-1, 3-1), which has had the Lady Explorers' number in recent years, outscored Hudson 20-11 in the second quarter to take a 35-22 advantage into the locker room and then completely dominated the third period.
When the dust settled, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Explorers 28-5 in the quarter to take a commanding 63-27 lead.
"They're a very good team," Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said of Stow. "They're one of the favorites in our league. It's still a learning process, but we have to stop using that as an excuse. I haven't taught them enough about overcoming adversity."
The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of 30 turnovers by the Lady Explorers. Leading Stow's stingy defense was Theresa Parr.
Stow's do-everything junior guard had seven steals and had a hand on several more Hudson passes.
Parr also was a major presence on the offensive end.
Whether she was getting easy layups after getting steals or draining jumpers from all over the floor, Parr was just about everywhere on this night.
She finished with a team-high 18 points and dished out several assists as the Lady Bulldogs showed good ball movement throughout the evening.
"Theresa has really turned herself into our go-to player," Stow head coach Bob Podges said. "She does a little bit of everything. She guards the other team's best player."
While Stow had more weapons, more quickness and better shooting, the Lady Explorers were their own worst enemies at times, particularly in the third quarter.
Hudson had a number of careless turnovers and was dominated on the boards during the period.
"We're a young group and we're going to get better, but our effort in the third quarter is my fault," Lawler said. "I take 100-percent, full responsibility."
As for the Lady Bulldogs, they seemed to get their house in order after a tough 41-34 home loss to National Conference rival Twinsburg Dec. 10.
"We turned the ball over a lot in that game," Podges said. "It was a good bounce-back performance from the Twinsburg game. We moved the ball a lot better."
Senior forward Lindsey Molnar came off the bench to score 14 points and sophomore forward Lizzy Stefanov and sophomore guard Emily Andrassy added 13 and 9 points, respectively, for the Lady Bulldogs, who made 11-of-12 foul shots.
Sophomore guard Emma Messina, despite being in foul trouble most of the game, led the Lady Explorers with a game-high 19 points. She made five of Hudson's nine 3-pointers.
Senior guard Ava Cristofoli added 10 points for the Lady Explorers, who made just a pair of two-point field goals and five free throws. No other Hudson player scored more than four points.
Against the Lady Tigers, Stow was outscored 19-9 in the final eight minutes. Twinsburg had a 12-9 advantage at halftime.
Jailyn Reid led the Lady Tigers with 16 points and teammate Dasja Anderson added 13 points.
Parr led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points and Andrassy contributed 11 points. No other Stow player scored more than four points.
"The girls were genuinely upset after the Twinsburg game," Podges said. "We're still finding our way. We spent a lot of time working on our shortcomings from the Twinsburg game."
The Lady Bulldogs, who earned a 33-23 win in the junior varsity contest, were scheduled to visit National Conference foe Cuyahoga Falls Dec. 17. Results were not available at press time.
Stow is set to entertain Avon Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.