WESLEY CHAPEL — After taking over the boys basketball program in the 2002-03 season, Hudson coach Jason Vetter always envisioned taking the once lowly Cobras to the top.
That day finally arrived Saturday evening as the Cobras feasted on 17 Wesley Chapel turnovers and easily cruised 70-39 in the Class 4A, District 7 championship Saturday night.
"Team defense," Vetter said. "All year long we've been playing good team defense and we don't get much credit for it at all. I thought we were the best defensive team in the district. It's not one or two scorers, it's defense. It's been a lot of work and going through a lot of valleys to get here."
In a district that has been so tight all season, with no one a clear-cut favorite, Hudson (20-8) looked more like a squad that could be district champions for the next couple years.
The Cobras jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter, with junior Jamal Branco (18 points, 12 rebounds) scoring seven points.
From there it became the Richey Williams show, as the spark plug senior guard poured on to the tune of four 3-pointers and 26 points. Williams did most his damage in the second quarter before leading Hudson into intermission with a 37-15 lead.
Wesley Chapel never recovered from the first-half drubbing, and fell farther behind in the second half.
Christian Parra led the Wildcats with 13 points.
Hudson hosts Nature Coast, which lost to Wiregrass Ranch 59-52, in Thursday's region quarterfinals. Wesley Chapel travels to Wiregrass Ranch.