TWINSBURG — She’ll be the first to tell you that she’s not a psychic.
But Jess Mazanetz had a vision in her head about a certain talented junior that just wouldn’t fade away.
Those, perhaps, paranormal experiences happened right before her eyes Wednesday evening.
And the first-year Twinsburg head girls basketball coach nearly witnessed history as a result.
Thanks to a 38-point performance by junior guard Alana Ellis, the host Tigers earned a lopsided 64-38 victory over Hudson.
Ellis started cooking right after the jump ball when she scored a layup less than 10 seconds into the game.
She scorched the nets with alarming regularity the rest of the way as she racked up 18 first-quarter points and 13 more in the third period as Twinsburg built a commanding 51-29 lead.
The Tigers, who have owned their Suburban League National Conference rivals in the last 10-plus years, didn’t look back the rest of the way.
"Honestly, she had one of these coming," Mazanetz said of Ellis. "She had a little bit of a rough patch a few games ago. You could just see it coming. This was on the verge of happening."
Ellis nearly replaced a legend on her journey to the top of the Twinsburg mountain.
The school record for points in a game is 40 by 2013 graduate and former Ohio Ms. Basketball standout Ashley Morrissette.
Ellis attacked the rim with ferocity and also showed sheer grace with a feathery jumper that softly grazed the nets throughout the evening
"When I started the game, I came out with a whole lot of energy," Ellis said. "I made it up in my mind that I was going to have a great game (Wednesday). My team was really hyped. They were really supportive."
Hudson, on the other hand, couldn’t stop Ellis from doing whatever she wanted whenever she wanted.
And as has been the case for the Explorers throughout the season, they didn’t help themselves.
The Tigers (5-6, 4-3) got several fast-break layups, thanks to some careless turnovers by Hudson.
The Explorers also missed the lion’s share of layups when they were still very much in striking distance in the second quarter.
Hudson’s chances of finally overthrowing Twinsburg’s reign disintegrated rather ruthlessly in the third period
Twinsburg left the Explorers (3-8, 3-4), who have lost seven straight games, in their wake with a 19-1 run immediately after the players returned from the locker rooms.
"We’ve gotten a lot of inside shots," Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said. "The kids are working hard. On offense, we kept getting those shots. We just have to find a way to finish them.
"When things are going against you, these things get magnified. I give the kids in our locker room a lot of credit. They have a lot of heart and they have a lot of class and that’s how it’s always going to be."
Guards Faith Gregory, a junior, and Jada Austin, each scored seven points for the Tigers, who moved the ball efficiently, played strong defense and crashed the boards with reckless abandon.
"Before the game and at halftime, we talked about defensive pressure and boxing out and getting every first rebound," Mazanetz said. "I thought in the second half, we did a much better job of that.
"We were in passing lanes. Our defense created offense. That’s how we went on that run in the third quarter."
Freshman guard Ali Menendez led Hudson with 11 points and senior guard Emma Messina scored nine points for the Explorers, who made just 11 of 26 foul shots.
"I just want the kids to feel the gratification of the work they’re putting in," Lawler said. "It hurts me so much that they’re not getting that yet. I just keep telling them every day, ‘It will come.’ It will come if we keep playing hard."
As for the Twinsburg players, they hope this is a starting point for a dramatic turnaround.
"As a team, we needed this win," Ellis said. "We’ve kind of been on a losing streak lately. I really think this win will give us the momentum to win more games and make our record look a lot better."
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