MACEDONIA -- Hudson head girls basketball coach Dennis Lawler promised his players a day off if they got a win against a certain conference rival on the road.

Unfortunately for the Lady Explorers, practice was scheduled for Martin Luther King Day.

Hudson fell to 3-11 overall and 2-6 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to Nordonia 74-47 Jan. 14 at Hugh Griffith Memorial Gymnasium in Macedonia.

With the win, the Lady Knights improved to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

Hudson simply could not stop Nordonia throughout the game. The Lady Explorers also were dominated on the boards (39-22). It was Hudson's third straight loss and eighth in nine games.

"We had some good practices," Lawler said. "I gave them the option of not having practice [Jan. 16] if we won. I'm trying to give them anything to fuel their fire."

The Lady Knights scored 24 points in the opening quarter and took complete command with a 15-0 run that started late in the first half and ended early in the third quarter.

When the dust settled, Nordonia, which scored a number of points in transition, led 46-20.

"We can't give a good team like that much room to run," Lawler said. "We didn't lose the game on offense. They outhustled us. They wanted the loose balls more than us and we didn't get to spots."

The Lady Knights were able to get open shots throughout the afternoon, thanks to good ball movement.

As a result of its sharing, Nordonia had four players reach double digits in scoring.

Freshman forward Lizzie Imrie led the Lady Knights with a game-high 22 points and senior guard Sarah Turley added 18 points. Turley made three of Nordonia's five 3-pointers.

Sophomore guard Soleil Barnes finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals. Barnes also dished out several assists off the dribble to wide-open teammates.

Freshman guard Dominique Evans was a force as a playmaker, too. She found open teammates behind the 3-point line and had a strong all-around game with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Freshman guard Sarah Hinkle led the Lady Explorers with 10 points and senior guard Ava Cristofoli and sophomore guard Emma Messina finished with 9 and 8 points, respectively, for Hudson.

"Our margin for error is smaller than other teams," Lawler said. "We have three or four people doing the right things and one or two people aren't. That's killing us."

The Lady Explorers earned a 29-25 win in the junior varsity contest.

Both the varsity and JV squads are scheduled to host Suburban League crossover foe Copley Jan. 18 and National Conference rival North Royalton Jan. 21. Both varsity contests are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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