From wins over North, Cards get energy, Hudson has letdown
Chippewa Falls was patient and stuck to its game plan, resulting in a 55-52 win over the Raider boys basketball team, only its second Big Rivers Conference loss.
In other action, Hudson cruised to an easy 62-42 victory over Baldwin-Woodville.
Chippewa was coming off a big win over Eau Claire North - a team that also was defeated by Hudson recently. That win gave Hudson the BRC crown, and may have prompted a bit of a letdown.
"We didn't come out and play defense the way we like to," said Coach Jason Swavely, while Chippewa did. "In every phase of the game they outworked us."
The Cards also hit nine three-pointers, and were getting virtually everything to fall. "They have four guys who can shoot the perimeter shot," Swavely said.
Chippewa was trying to penetrate the Hudson defense and didn't even attempt any kind of post-up game. "They really have someone who could match up on Seth (Stanchik) inside," Swavely said, adding that the Raider center became one of three in the school's career to hit for more than 1,000 points. He had 24 for the game, the only Raider in double figures.
Largely because of the easy power layups Stanchik was getting, Chippewa went to a zone in the second half, which started tied at 26. "We didn't work our inside and outside game," Swavely said. "If you live and die by the three-pointer, it can cost you."
Hudson has an attack planned against a 2-3 zone, but didn't execute it well and lost its patience. "That's gonna happen. We hope to get it out of our system now, rather than in the postseason," Swavely said.
Against Baldwin-Woodville, Hudson started lethargically, then got its transition game going and played good defense for the final three quarters, Swavely said.
"We got into the 60s and 70s on offense. That's where we want to be," Swavely said.
Hudson travels to Stillwater on Friday, Feb. 20, then plays host to Shakopee at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They will work toward their ongoing goal of getting a little better with each game, and fixing a few bugaboos from the previous week. "We have to come out and play well in all phases, leading into the tourney," Swavely said.
The so-called Second Season starts soon, with a seeding meeting on Sunday.