HUDSON – The Hudson girls basketball team continued a strong season on Friday with a dominant 56-18 win over Clinton at home.
They improved their win-loss record to 9-3 after initially jumping out to a decisive 37-9 lead at halftime.
“It started with the girls playing hard and playing intense and just trying to be the first ones to the ball,” Head Coach Marty Murphy told the Community Advocate.
“When you’re hustling,” he added, “good things always happen.”
Kristina Bruce and Gracie Giorgio led the way for the Hawks offensively, each notching 12 points.
Bruce, in particular, scored all but two of her points in the first half, helping Hudson pad its lead over the Gaels.
Murphy celebrated his team for their success and cohesion, not only in this game, but throughout this current season.
“I never really have to motivate them in practice,” he said. “They just come in and they’re working hard from start to finish.”
This game marked a change for players as they welcomed student spectators back into the Hudson High School gym for the first time in several weeks.
The Mid-Wach League, which includes Hudson, had opted on Jan. 3 to ban those student spectators from games as COVID-19 case rates surged. Immediate family members could still attend events. But the bleachers otherwise sat empty.
The league then voted last week to ease this restriction, with fans allowed to return for games on Friday.
“I think that gave these girls a lot of energy,” Murphy said.
“You feel bad for these kids,” he continued. “It was great that their parents could come in. But now their peers can start coming back in. And that’s all part of the fun of being in a high school atmosphere.”
The Hudson High School girls basketball team will now be back in action on Tuesday against Littleton.
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