Oroville drops bi-district tourney opener

WENATCHEE – Oroville’s girls basketball took a 2-0 lead over White Swan in Tuesday’s 2B Bi-District 5/6 semifinal, but it went downhill from there for the Hornets as the Cougars rolled off 21 straight points on the way to a 68-31 victory.

Oroville trailed 34-11 at the half and could never get back in the game after White Swan’s early run.

Lily Hilderbrand scored 15 points for the Hornets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Oroville (13-9) plays Lake Roosevelt on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 4:00 p.m. for the bi-district’s third and final berth in next weekend’s state regional round. The Hornets will be facing a Raider squad eager to avenge Oroville’s 45-44 victory on LR’s home floor last week on Senior Night.

The winner of Thursday’s game will face the No. 2 team out of the Bi-District 7/9 tournament (eastern Washington) at Mt. Spokane High School on Friday, Feb. 22.