GRAINGER TOWNSHIP — During a contest earlier this month, the Highland girls basketball team pitched a shutout during one quarter against a conference rival.

And still lost.

On Monday, the Hornets committed a ghastly 16 turnovers in the first half against a conference cross-rival.

And still won.

Host Highland improved to 9-2 on the season after cruising to a 52-35 victory over Hudson in a Suburban League crossover matchup Monday in Granger Township.

Despite having all kinds of trouble with the Explorers’ pressure, the Hornets took a 21-12 lead into the locker room.

Hudson also had problems taking care of the ball and simply couldn’t buy a basket. The Explorers missed 28 of their 33 shot attempts in the first 16 minutes.

Despites its plethora of issues, Hudson got to within seven (39-32) when freshman guard Ali Menendez drained a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.

However, Highland, which lost a heartbreaker to Suburban League American Conference rival Aurora despite outscoring the Greenmen 21-0 in the third quarter Dec. 14, put matters to rest with an 11-0 run.

Three players reached double digits in scoring for the Hornets.

Junior guard Kendall McCormick led the way with 11 points and junior guard Tess Myers and junior post player Lindsey Frederick each had 10 points.

Sophomore guard Madison Miller added nine points for Highland and junior 6-foot post player Alexis Furyes nearly had a triple double.

Furyes eclipsed the two difficult categories with 11 blocked shots and 10 rebounds, but she fell short of the lofty accomplishment since she scored just seven points.

Freshman guard Ali Menendez scored a game-high 13 points for the Explorers. Junior center Kate Orazen added eight points for Hudson.

Neither team was particularly stellar from the free throw line.

The Hornets converted 13 of their 23 freebies, while the Explorers made just seven of their 15 foul shots.