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Girls' basketball: Girls can't keep pace with Hudson

River Falls senior Faith Mader pulls down a rebound in the first half of the Cats' 65-48 loss to Hudson Friday, Dec. 7, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
River Falls junior Kylie Strop beats Hudson's Grace O'Brien to a rebound in the first half of the Wildcat girls' basketball team's 65-48 loss to Hudson Friday, Dec. 7, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The Wildcat girls' basketball team is doing all the right things in practice, now they just have to show it in their games.

The Cats shot just 31 percent from the field and were outrebounded 47-20 in a 65-48 Big Rivers Conference loss to Hudson on their home floor Friday night, Dec. 7. River Falls trailed 32-22 at the break and every time they made a run in the second half Hudson had an answer as they pulled away for the 17-point victory.

Wildcat coach Ian Sticht said the Cats are still struggling to create good shots.

"We are relying on our ability to attack the basket and settling for the first shot that we can get," he said. "We have been working on showing more patience, but we have not been able to get any carryover from practices to our games."

The Wildcats made just 17 of their 54 field goal attempts, including 2-of-15 from three-point range, and totalled just four assists in the game while Hudson was 26-of-55 from the field with 15 assists on their made baskets.

"Hudson showed much more patience on offense and was able to take high percentage shots," Sticht noted. "They also had 18 offensive rebounds and 17 second chance points. They seemed to have an answer every time we made a run, especially to start the second half."

Bailey Reardon led the Wildcats with 18 points and pulled down six rebounds while Taylor Weick finished with 12 points. Kylie Strop had nine points, seven rebounds and four steals in the loss while Abby Doerre scored seven.

Lauren Stolzman led Hudson with 16 points and Sophia Jonas scored 14 while Livi Boily had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 2-3 overall, 0-2 in BRC play, while Hudson improved to 2-3 and 1-2 in conference play. Next up for River Falls is a trip to Menomonie to take on the Mustangs (4-2, 2-1) this Friday, Dec. 14.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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