For what seems like an eternity, the Hudson girls basketball team dominated Cuyahoga Falls no matter where the two teams met.
Did a 180-degree turn between the two longtime rivals take place? It’s probably too early to tell.
But the Black Tigers are no longer punching bags for the once mighty Explorers. In fact, Falls seems to be doing all of the punching now.
The host Black Tigers earned a 52-44 victory over the Explorers Saturday at Coach Tom Jones Court.
Trailing 11-8 after one period of play, Falls, which has won three of its last four against its rivals to the north, went on an 18-4 run to take control of the game. The Black Tigers kept their double-digit lead most of the way to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the Suburban League National Conference.
"Our energy level wasn’t where it needed to be [Saturday]," Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said. "I’ll take responsibility for that. We kind of went lighter in practice [Friday]. Thursday was a physical game and probably three games in four days was too much for us and again, that’s my fault."
The catalyst for Falls’ run was senior guard Raygan Corrigall, who knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the second period. Corrigall finished with a game-high 18 points.
Junior guard Emma Brustoski added 10 points and was her usual active self on defense. Brustoski had seven steals, including a few that led to fast-break points for the Black Tigers.
Hudson, which dropped to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference, got 10 points from senior guard Sarah Hinkle. A total of 10 players scored at least two points for the Explorers, who were missing sophomore guard Ali Menendez in the second half. Menendez played limited minutes in the first half despite flu-like symptoms.
"We have to play through that," Lawler said. "Not everybody is going to be healthy all 22 games. Those things happen. They’re tough kids. We’ll be resilient and bounce back.".
The host Explorers earned a 71-60 win over Kennedy Catholic (Pennsylvania) Thursday at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
Menendez led Hudson with 17 points and Hinkle and Delaney DiGeronimo added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Explorers.