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Stow -- It has been an issue in a recent years.
And it's driving Stow-Munroe Falls head girls basketball coach Bob Podges crazy.
His team can't get over the hump against its arch rival.
The Lady Bulldogs lost a 52-41 decision to Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rival Hudson Dec. 8 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
Stow bounced back with a 58-51 victory over Valley Division foe Mentor Dec. 12 on the road.
But the game with the Lady Explorers (4-1, 2-0) was a different story.
Stow struggled mightily with its shooting touch and had no answer for Hudson senior forward Hannah Boesinger, who returned after missing one game because of concussion symptoms. Boesinger finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
"They [the Lady Explorers] were extremely aggressive," Stow head coach Bob Podges said. "They did a great job of going after the basketball. It's nice to have a player [Boesinger] who can get rebounds and shoot from the outside."
Boesinger made her presence known throughout the game.
If she had some room on the perimeter, she was knocking down jump shots. Boesinger finished with four three-pointers on the evening.
If she was anywhere near the basket, a number of missed shots from both teams ended up in her hands.
With Boesinger leading the way, the Lady Explorers had a 34-27 edge on the glass.
"You can't keep her out," Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said of Boesinger. "That just shows the type of competitor she is. She wants to be there with her teammates. She gave us a big lift."
The Lady Explorers scored 10 of the first 12 points in the third quarter to take a 30-19 lead.
Boesinger concluded the run with a three-pointer from the left side.
The Lady Bulldogs countered with a 6-0 run of their own, but three-pointers by point guard Kelly Gough and Boesinger put Hudson up 39-27 with less than three minutes to go in the period.
Even when the Lady Explorers missed, Hudson had the advantage because of its dominance on the glass.
Boesinger was unable to play the entire game.
She was forced to the bench in the second quarter after picking up her second foul and she got whistled for her fourth foul late in the third period.
But Boesinger stayed on the perimeter much of the fourth quarter to avoid picking up a fifth foul.
That may have limited her effectiveness as a scorer, but it allowed her to get the ball to her teammates.
Her teammates didn't let her down.
Forward Allison Zullo made her presence known in the paint with 11 points and eight rebounds. Zullo did most of her scoring off the dribble.
Gough also showed her ability to drain floaters on drives to the basket. She finished with nine points.
Guard Sam Shaver led Stow with 14 points and guard Abbie Lawson added eight points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Neither team appeared to be anywhere close to being in midseason form.
Both teams struggled to take care of the ball and both teams missed open shots.
The Lady Bulldogs fared a bit better against the Lady Cardinals, despite a late rally by the home team.
Stow led 47-28 heading into the final eight minutes. Danielle Tiller led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points and Shaver added 14 points. Lauren Stafancin led Mentor with a game-high 24 points.
Stow was scheduled to visit Valley Division foe and defending two-time Division I champion Twinsburg Dec. 15. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Bulldogs are set to host Valley Division rival Shaker Heights Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and Canton GlenOak Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.