They have yet to put it all together in any of their meets this season.

And they had some massive struggles on one particular event during their league meet.

Nonetheless, the Lady Explorers gave the defending state champions a run for their money.

The Hudson gymnastics team finished second with 138.575 points at the Suburban League Meet Feb. 4 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.

The Lady Bees, who have won 13 consecutive state championships, won the eight-team competition with 142.6 points.

Stow-Munroe Falls took third with 136.175 points.

There were some falls and as a result, there were some points left on the table.

But Lady Explorers' first-year coach Megan Mertz gladly accepted the runner-up trophy.

"I'm very happy with second," she said. "We have been up and down throughout the whole season. We've been trying some new things. The girls had been struggling with new skills since they only had one week to practice them."

Macy Lori, the lone senior on the team, led Hudson with an all-around score of 34.85.

She placed third (8.575) on the uneven bars and fifth (8.925) on the floor exercise.

Lori, who battled injuries earlier in the season, appears to be rounding into form as the postseason lurks near.

"Macy was pretty solid," Mertz said. "She did very well. She knows she can improve a couple of things to add a couple more tenths to her score."

Abby Petty was next for Hudson with a seventh-place all-around score of 34.45. She finished fourth (9) on the balance beam.

"Abby has been consistent the whole season," Mertz said. "With Macy being out, we really needed Abby to hit on all four events. She has a good enough skill level to make it to states. She doesn't let the pressure get to her."

Jill Bevan captured eighth in the all-around standings with a score of 34.375.

Also earning all-league recognition was Julia Petty, who placed second (9.2) on the beam.

Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Explorers was Hannah Teed, who took second (8.725) to earn all-league honors on bars.

"All of them, Macy, Abby, Jill, Julia, Hannah, Lina [Ikhlef], Makayla [Hudy], have a chance to go to state on at least one event," Mertz said. "They kind of specialize in one event. They just need to keep working hard."

If Hudson is going to make a run to the state competition as a team, the Lady Explorers need to do some major fine-tuning on vault.

"Vault is our main problem," Mertz said. "We had a lot of falls. Brecksville didn't have a huge lead. If we would have hit on vault, it would have been pretty close. It has been our problem all season long."

Fortunately, Hudson has plenty of time to figure it out. The Lady Explorers don't compete again until Feb. 20. The sectional competition is scheduled to take place at West Geauga High School in Chesterland. The competition is set to begin at 10 a.m.

"The top four teams qualify at sectionals," Mertz said. "Right now there are about five teams that can qualify out of sectionals and about 13 teams that can qualify out of districts.

"A lot of teams are in the 135 or 136 range. For us to score 138.5 with that many falls is huge. It comes down to staying on beam, not falling on floor, landing vaults and not falling off the bars."


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