GREENPORT — Turnovers and missed shots spelled doom for Hudson in a 30-23 loss to FDR Gold in the Columbia-Greene Girls Summer Basketball League semifinals on Wednesday at Columbia-Greene Community College.
In the other semifinal, Saugerties White finished the game with a 14-0 run to defeat Catskill, 34-16. FDR Gold went on to win the championship with a 47-33 victory over Saugerties White.
Hudson couldn't buy a basket in the first 10 minutes of its game against FDR Gold. The Bluehawks had just one bucket in that time span and three free throws. Still, FDR Gold couldn't pull away and Hudson was able to pull even at 11-11 with 3:13 left before halftime.
FDR Gold's defense clamped down in the closing minutes of the half, pressuring Hudson into numerous turnovers, which were turned into points. FDR finished the half on a 7-0 run to open up an 18-11 advantage.
Hudson's scoring drought continued in the second half. The Bluehawks didn't score a point until the 10-minute mark of the stanza on a Shayna Coppersmith lay-up.
FDR wasn't exactly lighting up the scoreboard on the other end, with just a three-pointer in the first 10:15 of the second half. Hudson closed the gap to 26-20 with 2:00 remaining in the contest, but FDR Gold held on to deal the Bluehawks their first loss of the summer league season.
Coppersmith was Hudson's top scorer with eight points. Deja Beauford had five, Jenya Robinson and Abbie Jepsen three apiece and Katie Jepsen and Jada Alert two each.
Hudson wraps up summer league play with an 8-1 record.
Catskill and Saugerties White also had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm, with the Sawyers taking a 14-7 lead by the end of the first half.
Catskill was down 20-12 in the second half, but back-to-back baskets by Janay Brantley and Aaliyah Shook brought the Cats to within 20-16 with 12:55 left in regulation. That would be the final scoring for the Cats, however, as Saugerties scored the game's final 14 points to ice the victory.
Christie Collins topped Saugerties White with nine points. Molly Daggett had five points, Karissa Adickes and Aaliyah Feeney four each, Jac Murphy and Skylar France three apiece and Hillary Mulford, Elise Peters and Julia Quinlan two each.
Mary Kate Glass led Catskill with five points. Hannah Konsul added four, Janay Brantley had three and Ashley Shook and Aaliyah two apiece.
Catskill finishes with a 4-4 record in the summer league.
— Tim Martin