HUDSON: Both coaches came away from Wednesday’s girls basketball game between Wadsworth and Hudson frustrated.
Hudson coach Dennis Lawler was upset to see two players get injured. Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth was aggravated at how many turnovers his team committed.
Both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball and to consistently make shots.
On this night though, Wadsworth had the best player on the floor — senior Rachel Goddard — and walked away with a 58-33 victory.
Goddard led the Grizzlies (2-0) with 15 points, seven steals and five assists. All three of those statistics were game-high totals. She also grabbed two rebounds.
“That is what we need our senior point guard to do,” Booth said of Goddard. “I think what she did was provide stability. Any stability that we got, that is where we looked to first. I think our other kids settled down more in the second half.”
The Explorers (1-1) committed 29 turnovers and the Grizzlies made 26.
Lawler was more concerned with losing senior Hannah Boesinger and junior Nicole Goodson to injury during the game.
Boesinger, a Youngstown State University recruit, suffered a concussion after a collision two minutes and 10 seconds into the game. Goodson aggravated an ACL injury from last year following a collision with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
On top of that, senior Brynne Drohan was sitting on the Hudson bench because of an injury from preseason practice.
“Brynne will have knee surgery [today] and be out four or five weeks,” Lawler said. “Hopefully around the first of the year she will be back.
“We will hope for the best regarding Hannah and Nicole. It is too early to see how long they will be out.”
Wadsworth won this matchup after losing to Hudson in each of the past two years in the regular season. Goddard guided the Grizzlies to a 17-4 lead after one quarter, a 28-11 edge at halftime and a 45-24 advantage following three quarters.
“Both of us play very fast,” Goddard said. “We wanted them to play faster, and we wanted to play fast, but keep our minds under control.”
Senior McKenzie O’Brien was another bright spot for Wadsworth with 11 points and five rebounds. Senior Sabrina Parsons had eight points and six rebounds. Freshman Jodi Johnson scored six points and senior Haley Hassinger scored five points.
“It was chaotic and we always try to control that chaos, but tonight we did not do a very good job of it,” Booth said.
“This was the sloppiness you expect from a first game. The first game we had seven turnovers [and beat visiting Manchester 84-33]. We were crisp and we were sharp. These were things you think would happen in the first game [and not the second game].”
Goddard had nine points and seven steals at halftime.
“She is active and a good anticipator,” Booth said. “I think that comes from her being a good student of the game. She was able to get in some passing lanes and also pick some kids’ pocket out front.”
Junior Margo Camp paced Hudson with nine points, and junior Kristen Mummey contributed eight points and 12 rebounds.
“We will get better,” Lawler said. “I didn’t do a good job apparently preparing us to play physical coming in. I accept responsibility for that. We will come together. It will be tough. We talked about that in the locker room. Life is always full of adversity and we will show character. We will come back, we will battle and we will get our kids back and hopefully towards the end of the season we will be better for it.”
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