Cobra coach Doreen Grote had plenty of reasons to celebrate following Thursday's night's 58-21 Sunshine Athletic Conference win over visiting Zephyrhills in the season-opener for both teams.
Grote's seven-member squad held a tenuous 30-27 halftime lead despite 13-for-27 shooting (48.1 percent) from the field while committing just seven turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Cobras connected on just 2-of-16 field goals and committed nine turnovers _ and yet stretched their lead thanks to Zephyrhills' 1-for-17 from the field and 0-for-7 effort from the line for just two points.
Having survived the drought, Hudson exploded for 22 fourth quarter points, buoyed by 7-of-10 shooting, as four starters finished in double figures, paced by freshman guard Nicole Warder's 16 points.
Nicole's older sister Cristina, fouled-plagued Mindy Blom and Randi Krouskos each chipped in 11 points for the winners.
"Hey, for our first game and for not playing our full team, I'm really happy on this effort," Grote said. "My biggest concern was on defense and rebounds and we put it all together in the last period. Zephyrhills will be a tough team by the time it's all over. This win is a feather in our caps and certainly a confidence booster."
Zephyrhills shot 16-for-70 (22.9 percent) and had nobody in double figures. Juniors Brittany Hayford and Lindsie McDonald scored eight points apiece, while Ashlee Moore lead the squad with 10 rebounds.