Middle School Girl’s Basketball offers hope for bright future

March 23, 2012 —

By Bill Mullaly

The Hudson Middle School girl’s basketball teams both had very successful seasons this winter that recently ended last week. Here is a look at how both the 7th and 8th grade Lady Tigers did on the hardwood this winter.

8th Grade Goes 10-2

Hudson began the season on Monday, January 30th at Lenawee Christian winning 28-12. Madison Weaver scored 10 points to lead the way and Lauren Lake added six. The next game was two days later at Dundee with Hudson winning 27-13. Lake led with 12 points and Lauren Valdez added five. Another road game to start the season saw Hudson win 37-20 at Erie Mason as Weaver scored 16 points to lead the way and Valdez chipped in with double figures also getting 13. After going unbeaten on the road to begin the season the Lady Tigers returned to the friendly confines of its home gym only to suffer a setback as LCAA power Blissfield had too much for Hudson winning 25-18 over the Tigers. Weaver scored eight to lead the offensive attack and Te’a Romanowski added six. Up next at home was Onsted on Wednesday, February 15th with Hudson winning 32-21. Valdez led with nine points, while Romanowski had eight, Weaver added eight and Courtney Luma scored three points. Ida came

to town five days later on the 20th of February and left with a loss falling 39-4 as the Tiger defense was outstanding. Weaver scored ten points to lead the way with Valdez right behind with nine, Lake had eight and both Romanowski and Brianna Johnston with four each. Jessie Dusseau and Luma scored two apiece.

After going 5-1 at the halfway point the team finished strong in the second half of the season. Lenawee Christian playing at Hudson fell 32-12. Valdez scored 12 points and Weaver also had 12 in the win. Dundee came to town and lost big going down 33-8 as the Orange and Black scoring machine did them in. Weaver led with eight points, while Lake had eight and Valdez five points. The final home game and the sixth home game in a row saw Hudson win 33-15 over the Eagles of Erie Mason. Lake led with 12 points as the only Lady Tiger in double figures. Weaver had five and both Luma and Johnston added four each. Destini Marry had had two points as did Valdez, Dusseau and Romanowski.

The Lady Tigers went to Blissfield hoping for a win and a share of the LCAA crown but were denied 28-22. Weaver scored 11 points, while Valdez had five. Johnston, Marry and Lake all had two each. Onsted was at home but it didn’t help them as Hudson won in a rout 45-16. Valdez had a season-high of 18 points and Weaver was right there with her getting 17 as those two took care of the Lady Wildcats. In the final game at Ida on Wednesday, March 14th it was Hudson winning 42-14 to end at 10-2. Weaver led with 14 points, while Lake scored eight, Valdez had seven, Romanowski six, Johnston five and Alexis Schmidt got two. The bucket by Schmidt was huge as it came in the fourth quarter and was her first of the year. The team and crowd erupted when Schmidt banked in a short shot off a nice feed from Weaver.

The team was led in rebounding during the season by Weaver and Lake, while Dusseau led with the most steals and Romanowski had the most assists. Defensively, it was Dusseau who was the stopper shutting down the opposing team’s top scorer. It was a great year for long-time head coach Dennis Hartley and his team that beat everyone except the Royals of Blissfield. The team had nine strong players and finished an excellent season.

7th Grade Wins Seven

The younger Lady Tigers also had a strong season winning the first game against Lenawee Christian 23-16 to start the season back on the final Monday in January. Miah Hamdan led the way with six points and Rylie Hough scored five. In the second game versus Dundee it was Hudson winning 22-18. Alex Morgan and Callie Frayer both scored eight points. Erie Mason was at home but it didn’t help as the ball simply wouldn’t go in with Hudson winning 23-0. Frayer scored 11 points, while Morgan and Huff had six each. The first loss for the Tigers came at home to Blissfield 34-17. Hamdan, Hough and Frayer all scored four points apiece. Hudson whipped Onsted 29-11 with Morgan hitting for double figures with 14 points and Hough added seven. Hudson suffered a tough loss at home to Ida 15-12 as Heaven Sebastian and Morgan both scored four points. This was the halfway point of the season with the team sporting a 4-2 mark. The first game of the second half saw Lenawee

Christian beat Hudson 21-17 in Hudson. Morgan had 16 points, while Frayer added eight. Dundee came to town and lost to Hudson 25-19. Frayer scored 14 points and Morgan added eight. Erie Mason made the long trip and the return home was even longer losing 30-6 to Hudson but at least this time they scored. Frayer had ten points, while Morgan and Nikole Ash both had six points. Courtney Birtles and Hamdan added four each. Hudson had to go on the road for its final three games and the first road trip was at Blissfield where they lost 32-13. Nobody scored more than two points as the Royals shut down the Tiger offense. Hudson rebounded at Onsted a week ago Monday with a 31-12 win. Frayer scored 11, while Hough had eight, Ash scored six, Morgan added four and Hamdan put in two points. In the season finale a week ago Wednesday the team was hoping to end with a win but Ida had other ideas taking a 24-13 victory over Hudson. Morgan led the way with eight points.

The team was led in rebounding by Morgan and Frayer. Hough and Hamdan led in steals, while both Hough and Hamdan had the most assists. Birtles was cited for playing suffocating defense all season long. “We had a small squad but they played with big hearts,” said veteran coach Scott Reincke, who noted Nina Trevino was the team manager. “We improved all season and had a good year. We just need to find a couple of more girls for next year and the ones we had this season need to keep playing over the summer to get even better.”

The Lady Tigers ended the season at 7-5 with a squad of just seven young Lady Tigers.