TWINSBURG — They’ve dealt with the loss of their top player for much of the season.
Thus, they have taken their lumps with two underclassmen in their starting lineup on a regular basis.
Fortunately for the Tigers, though, an age-old fact still exists for the ladies who call Ravenna Road their second home.
Twinsburg still conquers Hudson.
The host Tigers accomplished another season sweep of the Explorers after earning a 52-43 victory Wednesday.
With the win, Twinsburg, which has not lost to Hudson in more than a decade, improved to 7-14 overall. The Tigers finished 6-8 in the Suburban League National Conference.
The Explorers dropped to 8-13 overall. Hudson finished 4-10 in the conference.
Twinsburg, which has played a majority of its season without injured high-scoring senior guard Alana Ellis, took the lead (39-38) for good when sophomore guard/forward Logan Pride converted two free throws with a little more than a minute left in the third quarter.
That was the beginning of a 12-1 Tigers’ run that put the game away.
"It's just some of those little things," Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler said. "I thought we did very well with rebounding in the first half. They beat us on the boards. That really is the difference."
Pride, who was particularly disruptive on defense, scored a game-high 22 points. She also had six rebounds and five steals.
Senior point guard Jada Austin added 15 points and senior guard Faith Gregory contributed nine points for the Tigers, who dominated the glass for much of the second half.
Twinsburg had a 28-25 edge in rebounding, including a 20-13 advantage in the final 16 minutes.
The Tigers also had a knack for getting the ball even when it wasn’t originally in their possession.
On a number of rebounds Hudson grabbed, Twinsburg forced numerous jump balls by tying up a navy blue and white jersey. The Tigers had a knack for simply taking the ball out of the Explorers’ hands too. They forced 16 turnovers and had a knack for stealing balls after errant shot attempts found iron.
Sophomore guard Ali Menendez led Hudson with 18 points and senior point guard Sarah Hinkle added eight points for the Explorers.
"It is frustrating," Lawler said. "I'm sure the kids are frustrated. We just have to keep getting back at the drawing board.
"We have to play hard. We have to put four quarters together. It's a new season now. No matter what our record is, we just have to win the day. It has to be the best team that day."
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