Both Hudson basketball teams are on a roll in the Northeast Ohio Conference.
The Explorers girls have won 16 of their past 18 games, and the boys have won six games in a row and eight of their past nine games.
The Hudson girls are 17-3 with a 6-2 mark in the NOC Valley Division. A 66-55 loss to Solon on Wednesday snapped a 12-game winning streak.
“I thought our defense had been playing pretty well up until the loss Wednesday,” Hudson coach Dennis Lawler said.
“We had not given up 50 points in [six of the] previous [seven] games. We were finding ways to win close games. We beat Magnificat at St. Edward before a big boys game during the streak. And also beat Stow, Kenston, Westlake and Solon. We had some nice wins where we really turned it on defensively.”
Hannah Boesinger, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, leads the Explorers girls with averages of 18.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She is a Youngstown State recruit.
Lawler said seniors Allison Zullo, Brynne Drohan and Kelly Gough join Boesinger and junior Jackie Ulmer in the starting lineup.
Drohan missed the first nine games of the season due to injury.
The Explorers’ top reserves are junior Margo Camp, Krissy Mummey, Angie Arand and Allison Baylor.
Hudson’s boys are 13-4 and 4-2 in the NOC River Division with victories over Cuyahoga Falls, Shaker Heights and Brush.
Senior Zack Brandy, a 5-foot-11 guard, leads the Explorers with averages of around 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals per game.
Coach Jeff Brink said the usual starting five consists of Brandy, seniors Steven Boslet, Alex Mushock and Ben Gedeon and junior John Zuccaro.
Brink said an injury to Gedeon has kept him out recently. Seniors Alex Albright, Sam Wolanske and Colin Hogan have contributed in their roles along with juniors Kevin Zullo and Derek Schwarz and sophomore Mitch Guadagni.
“I am very proud of the guys and how they are playing through adversity,” Brink said. “One of the mantras we talk about in our program, is adversity is opportunity. … We have been fortunate kids have stepped up and played well.”
Falcons fly to league title
Coach Dave Milo guided the Firestone boys basketball team to its first City Series regular-season championship since the 2007-2008 season.
Senior forwards Jerome Lane and Kevin Gladney are the Falcons’ (12-7, 11-1) top two scorers and rebounders.
Milo said he has used six starting lineups this season, rotating nine players in and out.
“I like the current starting lineup the best with Jerome Lane, Kevin Gladney, Evan Kennerly, Jae’Quan Jones and Miles Kirk,” Milo said. “Ja’Tice Shaw is our sixth man. He has been playing very well recently coming off the bench. He could start on a lot of teams. And our freshman, Raybon Lewis, is also playing well for us.”
Kennerly, Jones and Kirk are juniors. Shaw is a senior.
“I tell the kids you never know when your time is going to come,” Milo said. “You have to be ready to play at all times.”
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