Oroville girls basketball swamps Columbia

Brent Baker/staff photo
Callie Barker drives through the Columbia defense Saturday during the Hornets’ big win.

OROVILLE – The snow was whipping around Coulton Auditorium on Saturday night, but that didn’t compare to the freeze the Oroville girls basketball team inflicted on the Columbia Lions inside.

Oroville held Columbia (Hunters) without a point for the first 12 minutes of the game while starting on an 18-0 run and cruised to a 53-19 victory.

Columbia’s Elizabeth Larrew hit three jumpers in during the Lions’ 8-0 run late in the second quarter that briefly cut the Hornets’ lead to 10.

But from there, Oroville went on a 31-2 run and were never challenged.

Lily Hilderbrand led all scorers with 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Nine Hornets reached the scoreboard, with Marissa Garcia adding seven points and Briana Moralez six.

Oroville (4-3) will face a bigger test when it heads to Entiat on Dec. 21.

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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