WENATCHEE – Oroville’s inability to get off to a strong start cost the Hornets in a number of games this season.
In Thursday, Feb. 14’s loser-out, winner-to-regionals game against Lake Roosevelt, it proved fatal to their season as the Raiders held on for a 40-36 victory that knocked Oroville from post-season play.
It was the third straight year Oroville was left one game away from making the state regional round for the first time in school history.
The Raiders took a 22-9 lead midway through the second quarter and still held a 35-24 margin going to the fourth quarter of the Class 2B District 5/6 third place game.
The Hornets narrowed the margin to five with about three minutes to play but could get no closer until the final minute.
Katelyn Schilling gave the Hornets fits with her play in the paint, scoring 20 points in the first three quarters to lead all scorers.
Callie Barker led Oroville (13-10) with 15 points, including 11 in the second half, and Lily Hilderbrand added 10.
Lake Roosevelt advances to the Mt. Spokane regional contest on Feb. 22.