Taylah Hudson transferred back to Glen Cove after spending her freshman season at St. Anthony's. Glen Cove is sure glad she returned home.
Hudson was instrumental in leading a Glen Cove rally with 13 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter in a 55-50 road win over Bethpage last night in Nassau Conference A-II girls basketball.
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Hudson added nine rebounds, eight steals, three assists and two blocks.
Glen Cove (5-4, 1-3), which plays four eighth-graders for significant minutes, trailed by 10 points in the second quarter and seven in the third. Glen Cove took the lead for good after Grace Brady blocked a shot, leading to a transition three-point play for Hudson that made it 49-48 with 2:41 left in the game.
"I just really wanted to win," Hudson said. "I did what I had to do. The team really pulled together at the end."
Hudson, a sophomore guard, followed that play with a steal and layup. She added another steal with 2:08 left and hit two free throws with 1:41 remaining to push the lead to 53-48. She had another steal with 1:32 left.
"We had to work on help defense and slide around because they had a great offense," Hudson said. "We got the hang of it at the end. I read where they were going to pass it thanks to the pressure of my teammates."
Brady also had a big fourth quarter with six of her 13 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks. After Megan Jacovelli (12 points) hit a jumper to bring Bethpage (4-5, 2-2) within 53-50, Brady scored on a putback with 36 seconds left and had a block with 18 seconds left.
"You need to have great interior defense and Brady was phenomenal," Glen Cove coach Gus Sirakis said. "She creates energy off those blocks and we want to run. I saw a team that was resilient. They did the little things with steals and blocks."
Danielle Nendza's 16 points led Bethpage, but Hudson wasn't taking defeat.
"As a sophomore, she showed so much poise and had a refuse-to-lose attitude," Sirakis said. "She did everything. She came back home. We're so happy she's back."