OROVILLE – Oroville’s girls basketball team struggled to shake off the rust from a two-week break in games, and while they played a solid second half against the Pateros Nannies, their early struggles proved too much to overcome.
The Hornets trimmed a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to four with just over a minute to play but could get no closer as Pateros held on for a 49-43 victory on Friday, Jan. 4.
Pateros used a 12-point run in the second quarter to open up a 24-9 lead and led 29-15 at the half. The Hornets struggled to contain the Nannies’ perimeter shooting in the first half as Katrina Wilson drilled four 3-pointers and Lorie LeDoux added another.
The Hornets looked like a different team in the second half, allowing just one trey and getting their offense untracked. Becky Arrigoni scored all six of her points in the third quarter as Oroville pulled to within seven on several occasions, and back-to-back baskets by Callie Barker cut the Pateros lead to 44-40 with about two minutes to play.
Pateros got baskets from LeDoux and Ashton Staygell down the stretch to hold off the Oroville comeback.
Lily Hilderbrand scored 16 to lead Oroville (4-5), with Barker, Arrigoni and Briana Moralez adding six apiece.
LeDoux scored 17 and Wilson added 16 for the Nannies (8-1).