Tim Martin Columbia-Greene Media
CATSKILL -- Hudson girls basketball coach Brice Ivery knew it was only a matter of time before his team started consistently knocking down its outside shots. Unfortunately for Catskill, the time came during Wednesday night's Patroon Conference game.
The Bluehawks connected on 11 shots from beyond the three-point line en route to a 64-31 victory over the Cats.
"After the first quarter we settled down," Ivery said. "Silly fouls, throwing the ball away. We shot the ball well,though. On the way over here tonight I told coach (Warren Sheldon), we make them in practice, sooner or later we're going to start making them in a game. We shot well and the defense played well. We're a defensive team. It all starts with the defense."
Hudson led just 9-8 after the first quarter, but started to warm up from the file din the second quarter, hitting four three-pointers in the stanza -- three by Emily Clark -- to open up a 29-18 lead.
The Bluehawks hit five more treys in the third period in outscoring the Cats, 17-9, to take a 46-27 advantage into the final eight minutes of play.
Mykal Walters was Hudson's top scorer with 18 points. Jenya Robinson added 17, Clark had 14 and Shayna Coppersmith 10, eight of which came in the final quarter.
Ivery was the pleased with the balanced scoring attack.
"We have a good seven, eight, maybe nine players that help every game," Ivery said. "We have out core, our seniors are stepping up. Took us a little longer to get where we want to be, but I think things are starting to click. We're coming on strong.
Clinique Robinson paced Catskill with 11 points.
"Today was the first game this year I was a little disappointed," Catskill coach Chris Quinn said. "I thought our execution was getting better, but tonight we just didn't have it. We've been working hard in practice to handle pressure. A couple of times when we broke it, we threw the ball away. We weren't composed. that's the growing pains we're going to have. I was hoping tonight we'd turn the corner a little bit, that didn't happen.
"Credit Hudson. Brice has the girls playing hard. Obviously, Hudson can take you out of things, but to be honest I think tonight it was more of what we didn't do. We just need to clean up our execution. Defensively, in the half-court it was out worst effort. We were a little erratic. That being said, I think we're close. If we can clean up our execution, I think we'll be a tough team to beat. We have spots in our games where we look pretty good, now we just have to put three and a half to four quarters together."
Hudson won the junior varsity game, 62-31. Aaliyah Jones led Hudson with 21 points.
Up next for Hudson (4-1) is a road game against Taconic Hills on Friday night.
"Taconic Hills looks good," Ivery said. "I went to see them play against Chatham, they beat a good Cairo team that beat us. We take very team the same. You can't sleep on them. They're looking good and I think they're a lot better than people thought they would be. The league is balanced this year. we were strong the last couple of years, I think we're strong this year. Like I told the girls before the game, we control our destiny. Game by game, we can win the conference again. That's our goal."
Catskill (0-5) plays host to Coxsackie-Athens on Friday.
HUDSON (64): J. Robinson 5-4-17, K. Jepsen 2-1-5, Clark 4--2-14, Walters 6-2-18, Coppersmith 5-0-10. Totals 22-9-64.
3-pointers: Walters 4, Clark 4, Robinson 3.
CATSKILL (31): Brantley 2-1-6, E. Darling 1-0-3, L. Darling 2-2-6, Glass 1-0-2, Quick 1-0-3, C. Robinson 1-9-11. Totals 8-12-31.
3-pointers: Brantley, E. Darling, Quick.
Maple Hill 32, Chatham 26
CHATHAM -- Lydia Chittenden scored nine points to help Maple Hill edge Chatham, 32-26, in Patroon Conference girls basketball action on Wednesday.
The game was close throughout, with the first two quarters deadlocked at 9-9 and 17-17. Maple Hill pulled away in the second half, outscoring Chatham, 6-4 in the third quarter and 9-5 in the fourth.
Lauryn Smith added seven points to the wildcats' cause.
Hannah Taylor topped Chatham with eight points.