Laura Mummey has a feeling that Hudson is not getting a lot of attention.
Upcoming opponents had better be careful or they will find themselves on the short end of the scoreboard.
Hudson demonstrated its offensive capabilities with a 78-58 win over Stow in the Division I sectional championship game Wednesday night at Ellet High School in Akron.
The Explorers have had a good season, perhaps overshadowed by being in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division with defending Division I champion Twinsburg.
Senior Mummey, a 5-foot-11 center, scored 16 points and had two blocked shots. She said the Explorers (18-4) have been an afterthought when people discuss top teams in the area.
“I do think we are flying under the radar. People do underestimate us,” Mummey said. “People think of us as ‘Hudson no longer has Jessica Monsman.’ People underestimate how far we can go in this tournament.”
Monsman, the Explorers’ top player last year, graduated.
Hudson coach Dennis Lawler said the Explorers need Mummey’s maturity.
“Laura has been a phenomenal leader for us,” he said. “She struggled in the first half and I pumped her up a little bit at halftime. Her teammates look at her, so it is important she has the right facial expressions”
Mummey acknowledged that her role as a leader is a responsibility she takes seriously.
“It is hard. I struggled with shooting especially around the basket,” she said. “You can’t let your teammates see you struggling; you have to keep your head up to keep the team’s morale up.”
The offense got a boost from junior Hannah Boesinger. The 5-11 forward-center scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds as Stow (12-9) scrambled to defend her.
Boesinger has expanded her repertoire to include an improved outside shot. She proved that with back-to-back 3-pointers as the Explorers went on an 18-2 run to start the second quarter after the teams were tied 15-15.
“That is the one avenue she has improved on over the last year,” Lawler said. “When teams put a taller player on her, we can pull her outside. Those were two big 3s for us.”
Boesinger said: “I have been working on my shot all season. I had a kind of rough patch where I had not hit any 3s, but what better time to hit 3s than in a sectional.
“We had played them [Stow] two times this year and the last game was close. We just had to come out hard and that is what we did.”
Christy Wade had nine points, Allison Zullo scored seven points and Brynne Drohan had six to round out the scoring for the starters.
Margo Camp and Kelly Gough each scored six points off the Explorers’ bench.
Lawler admitted he was a bit surprised that his offense could score 78 points after playing Stow twice this season.
“We kept the game up-tempo,” Lawler said. “We usually hit that watermark around 60 [points].”
It was a tough night for the Bulldogs and their seniors. Alex Shaver’s high school career ended abruptly early in the fourth quarter when she was called for a technical foul, her fifth, after scoring 17 points.
Lexi Stefanov scored 15 points and hustled all over the court in her final game in a Stow uniform.
The Explorers will play in the district semifinal at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday against Warren Howland, which beat Warren Harding 58-41.