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.

Brent Baker/staff photo Oroville’s Marissa Garcia makes a leaping save during Saturday’s contest.

Brent Baker/staff photo The Hornets’ Becky Arrigoni hangs on as others try to pull the ball loose.

Brent Baker/staff photo With the Hornets’ lead over 30 points, Brittany Jewett’s fifth foul of the game amused even Oroville coach Mike Bourn.