RICHLAND – Oroville’s record-breaking girls basketball season came to an end Saturday in Richland as the DeSales Irish pulled away in the second half to post a 50-32 victory over the Hornets in 2B regional action.
DeSales advances to the eight-team state tournament in Spokane next weekend.
The Hornets, playing in their first-ever state regional game, used a 6-0 run to end the first half to stay in the game, trailing 23-18 at the break.
The Irish, led by sharpshooting guard Teresa Acock and posts Allison Wujek and Hannah Leahy, used a 14-5 run in the third quarter to build a 15-point lead.
Lily Hilderbrand scored six straight points to pull the Hornets to within 41-32 early in the fourth quarter, but Oroville missed on a couple of opportunities to cut the lead even further. Back-to-back buckets by Wujek with less than four minutes to play put the game out of reach.
Hilderbrand, a junior led the Hornets with 16 points. Seniors Brittany Jewett, Meagan Moralez and Kaitlyn Grunst combined for 14 in their final games.
Wujek scored 13 and Acock added nine for the Irish.
District 5/6 champion White Swan also was eliminated from the post-season on Saturday with its loss to St. George’s.
Oroville (15-8) set a school record for wins in a season, won its first outright league title in school history and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time as well.