Tietje, Hornet girls thwart Kittitas

Katie Tietje made Kittitas pay for its focus on shutting down Lily Hilderbrand.

Kittitas strategy against the Oroville girls basketball team was to not allow Lily Hilderbrand to beat them.

So Katie Tietje did.

Tietje scored a seasons-high 17 points as the Hornets opened their Central Washington League season with a 43-37 victory over South Division rival Kittitas.

Oroville led 18-14 at the half.

Kittitas limited Hilderbrand to six points with a box-and-one defense, though they weren’t able to keep the sophomore from grabbing 16 rebounds.

Tietje added eight rebounds and three steals while Brittany Jewett added eight points, also a season-high.

The Hornets actually played better overall than the score indicates as they struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 8-of 22. Kittitas, though, was unable to take advantage as the Coyotes shot 6-of-15.

Oroville improved to 5-5 (1-0 CWL) with the victory.


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