The Hudson fifth-grade girls travel basketball team made the trip to New Philadelphia Feb. 10 to 12 to play in the 2017 Quaker Classic.

Hudson returned home with another tournament title.

"We were looking to try something new, compete against teams and participate in a tournament that we never played before," Hudson head coach Brian Angielski said. "We were starting to see the same teams numerous times each year, so this was a good break."

Hudson opened pool play with a 56-6 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic as all eight players scored. Hudson then went on to beat Carrollton 44-8, thanks to Kara Lightner's 16 points. Taylor Angielski poured in 12 points, Grace Jackson and Cesily Sutton chipped in with 10 and 6 points respectively, against Carrollton.

"Carrolton had some size and players with AAU [Amateur Athletic Union] experience," Hudson assistant coach Noreen Jackson said. "But this was probably one of our best games of the season, right from tip-off. Not necessarily total points, but the best execution on both ends. They passed well, found the open girl, strong team defense."

Hudson was the No. 1 seed in its pool and got a date with New Philadelphia in the semifinals.

Hudson got off to a quick start as Taylor Angielski scored 10 of the 14 points to go up 14-2 in the first eight minutes.

Hudson finished the first half with a comfortable 21-4 lead.

New Philadelphia opened the second half with a tight zone to offset Hudson's inside scoring. But Kara Lightner dropped in eight of her 10 points in the next six minutes,and Hudson went on to win 30-8. Jenna Lightner and Cesily Sutton each added 4 points.

The championship against North Canton Hoover was a struggle on offense the entire game.

"We had a lot easy shots rim out," Brian Angielski said. "Several possessions where we put up five, six shots and nothing would fall. So we turned to our press to create offense."

Hudson's full-court press and inside trapping on defense was too much for Hoover. Grace Jackson scored on back-to-back steals and Hudson never looked back. Hudson maintained a 15-point advantage throughout the second half and easily won 25-7.

This was the team's eighth championship in the last two seasons. Hudson improved to 24-0 and has won 59 straight games.


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