It ended recently the same way it started.
It started with a matchup against a Division I powerhouse, followed by an undefeated run and a championship for the Hudson fourth-grade girls travel basketball team.
"Back in 2015, we just asked around if anyone wanted to play in a preseason tournament," head coach Brian Angielski said. "We had four returning players, so we assembled a makeshift roster and off we went."
Hudson drew Mentor and came out of the gates on fire.
"We ran plays from the prior year and just went all man on defense," Angielski said.
When it was all done, Hudson beat Division I power Mentor 48-7 and went on to win the Cleveland Super Skills Preseason Tournament against Solon in the title game.
Fast forward a few years, and Hudson, now with sixth-grade players, recently closed out its three-year run by beating another top-10 ranked school, Stow, in the 2018 Stow Classic.
"After going undefeated in that first preseason tournament, plus we ended the prior season winning the Hudson Classic, we started thinking this could be a unique opportunity," Angielski said.
Hudson went on to finish the fourth-grade season 35-0 with five championships.
"We knew it was only fourth grade and it would be much tougher as the girls got older and played new teams," Hudson assistant coach Noreen Jackson said. "But when they finished undefeated, it added extra motivation. The girls worked harder in the offseason and really came together as a team."
Hudson won the 2016 Super Skills preseason tournament against state power Solon in the title game.
"Hudson has been the only team to win our pre and postseason tournaments in consecutive years," Super Skills Basketball co-founder Bob Patton said. "They overcame injuries, which just demonstrated how tough all the girls were. They were a pleasure to watch compete."
Hudson then went into league play as the No. 3-ranked preseason favorite. Newcomer Shelby, which won a Columbus league title the prior season, was picked to finish first and Avon Lake was chosen to finish second.
"Despite being the defending champs, the girls were determined given the ranking," Jackson said. "And with the first game against Shelby, everyone took it up a notch in preseason practice."
Despite being at a size disadvantage at all five spots, Hudson beat Shelby 32-19. After 14 straight victories, Hudson defeated Shelby in the finals to capture its second league championship.
"Our coaches focused on developing players at different rates, based on their interests and capabilities," Angielski said. "We now had five or six girls capable of scoring double digits, versus one or two when we started."
"The girls really developed and had fun as a team," Jackson said. "Different girls showed leadership all season, on and off the court. Life lessons that are hard to teach."
Hudson finished 2017 with championships in the Quaker Classic in New Philadelphia and the Stow Classic to end the season 29-0.
Hudson extended its undefeated streak to 64 games.
"The jump to sixth from fifth grade was the biggest step in terms of their skill and basketball IQ growth," Jackson said. "Girls were also now playing year-round. They were able to readily pick up some sophisticated schemes, especially on defense. We definitely caught teams off guard."
Hudson then traveled south to compete in a tournament against teams out of the Cincinnati Premier and Dayton Metro Youth leagues. Hudson swept pool play with three straight wins and then came back from a 10-point deficit to win by nine in the semifinals.
But Hudson’s 68 game win streak ended against a Mason Amateur Athletic Union team 17-14 in the championship game.
"We knew the title game would be tough," Angielski said. "We saw they beat teams by 50 to 60 points in pool play."
"It was just two warrior-like teams relentlessly going after it. There were only seven combined points in the second half. Both teams full-court trapped and heavily contested each possession."
Hudson returned to Cleveland and won both the 2018 division title and Greater Cleveland Basketball League championship.
"Hudson accomplished the astonishing feat of going three consecutive years in the GCBL without ever having lost a game, going 45-0," GCBL founder Tucker Neale said. "Having run leagues for 22 years, this is the only streak of its kind within the leagues I have been associated. Truly incredible."
Hudson finished the sixth-grade season by winning the Hawken Jamboree in Gates Mill and the Stow Classic Tournaments by an average of 28 and 23 points, respectively.
"We went into every game concerned about the opponent, and feeling the pressure of the win streak," Angielski said. "But these girls have learned how to win, especially when it’s not going their way. They’ve developed that competitiveness, desire to win."
Hudson finished its three-year run at 92-1 with 12 championships, plus three division league titles.