Kendall Hudson became just the second player in Madison girls basketball history to pass 1,000 career points Thursday as the Trojans beat Britton Deerfield 52-44.
Hudson scored 34 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had six assists to give her 1,022 career points. She passed the 1,000-point mark with a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.
“I had no idea until I went into halftime and they told me,” Hudson said. “It was a surprise. A nice surprise.”
The Trojans completed a 14-0 Tri-County Conference season, but no before a big-time battle from Jeff Scott’s first Britton-Deerfield varsity squad. The Patriots led at halftime and were with three midway through the fourth quarter.
“I told our girls before the game ‘why not us’?” Scott said. “A call here or there, a loose ball a time or two and we are right there in the game.”
Britton Deerfield (8-10, 5-8 TCC) stayed close thanks to the play of seniors Abbey Meinert (15 points) and Caitlyn Dusseau (12 points) and surging sophomore guard Megan Bower (6 points, 5 assists). Meinert scored eight points in the third quarter alone when BD built a 32-23 lead before it was virtually erased by Hudson.
Madison coach Rick McNeil said the Trojan run began because they picked up the defensive intensity.
“That’s been sort of the theme,” he said. “I think our defense created some opportunities for us. We were kind of stagnant on offense, but once we turned up the defense, we started getting some easier opportunities to score. When we play better defensively, we play better in general.”
Kendall is the third daughter of David and Deb Hudson to play varsity basketball for Madison. She’s been playing with the school since second-grade. She’s also played golf, volleyball, softball and track during her high school years.
“I never thought about 1,000 points,” she said. “All I wanted to do was help my teammates get the win. My goal was to improve and it just happened that I scored 1,000 points.”
Hudson now has 1,022 career points. Madison (17-1) has one regular season game remaining before starting the Class C districts against TCC foe Sand Creek. Dawn Pigg is Madison’s all-time leading scorer with 1,077 career points.
“She’s a great kid and a great example of a team player,” McNeil said of Hudson. “She’s for everybody and has the greatest attitude you can ask for her. I’m extremely proud of her. The only regret I have is she’s a senior and will be leaving us.”