Nannies hold off late Oroville rally

Brent Baker/staff photo
The Hornets’ Lily Hilderbrand battles with a pair of Pateros players for a loose ball during Friday’s contest.

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).


About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. 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 worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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