Brewster girls display CWL dominance over Oroville

BREWSTER – There probably aren’t a whole lot of tears being shed in the Central Washington 2B League over the prospect of Brewster moving up to the 1A ranks next year.

The Bears’ girls basketball team continued its two-year rampage through the league on Friday, Jan. 21, ripping past Oroville with 32 minutes of full court pressure, 63-28.

“We knew they were going to press us,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “We talked about how we couldn’t throw over the top, especially with (Brewster star) Chandler Smith out there.

“So, we tried to throw over the top anyway, and Brewster probably got 25-30 points that way.”

Brewster’s big early run put the game out of reach early, 24-9 after one quarter and 36-16 at the half. Bourn tried a variety of defenses to help get the Hornets ready for when they play them again in a couple of weeks, as well as a potential district tournament meeting.

“They’re not so much better than Lake Roosevelt that we can’t play the same kind of game against them,” Bourn said. “The girls had been eager to play LR and it showed. With Brewster we definitely didn’t come out with the same attitude.”

Smith led Brewster (12-2, 6-0 CWL) with 20 points, with Brette Boesel adding 17 and Becky Mae Taylor adding 11.

Kelsey Hughes had 13 points and four rebounds to lead the Hornets, with Naomi Peters adding eight points and four rebounds and Lily Hilderbrand pulling down eight rebounds.

The Hornets (7-6, 2-3) faced Manson at home on Tuesday and again on the road on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Oroville 62, Liberty Bell 27

OROVILLE – All of the Hornets got plenty of playing time Tuesday, Jan. 17, in a 62-27 victory over Liberty Bell.

Ten of the 11 Hornets reached the scoring column as Oroville built a 27-6 halftime lead over Bourn’s former squad.

“All the kids were excited,” he said. “People got a lot of playing time. The younger kids really wanted to do well when they got their chance out there.”

Callie Barker led a balanced scoring effort with 10 points and five rebounds. Kelsey Hughes and Briana Moralez added eight points apiece and Peters tallied six.

About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

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