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Oroville girls basketball sets sights on DeSales

— The Oroville High School girls basketball team, fresh off a 51-38 overtime victory Saturday over Lake Roosevelt, now sets sights on DeSales.

The Hornets, with the No. 2 seed from the Central Washington B League, takes on the No. 3 seeded Fighting Irish at 4 p.m. Saturday at Richland High School, 930 Long Ave.

“They are pretty good,” Oroville coach Mike Bourn said. “It looks like to me they have a real active 6- foot girl, a real good point guard. And they have three girls that can shoot the three” from the wings.

Oroville will be trying to reach the state tournament for the first time, although Washington Interscholastic Activities Association terms the regional games as state qualifiers.

“It’s the final 16, so we’re calling it state,” Bourn said.

The winner Saturday moves to the final three-day state tournament. The loser is out.

“We are the only boys or girls basketball team in the region that’s never to state,” Bourn said of the tournament started for girls in 1976.

No. 12 state-ranked DeSales plays in the same district tournament with No. 1 state-ranked Northwest Christian, which lost to No. 4 Colfax in the district championship game.

“We will go down and get after it, see what happens,” Bourn said.

In the Hornets’ last game, Oroville appeared to be in command against Lake Roosevelt by the half.

But the Hornets leading scorer, Lily Hilderbrand picked up her third and fourth fouls right at the start of the third quarter.

“We were up six and then we were down 3,” Bourn said. “We put her back in the fourth quarter, and she scored 12 or 14 points in the fourth and overtime.”

Hilderbrand never fouled out while three Raider starters left in the overtime period during a 13-0 run by Oroville.

“We put in the junior varsity in the last minute, and they scored a point,” Bourn said.

Hilderbrand, last year’s league MVP, finished with 16 points. Mikayla Scott added 12 points and Brittany Jewett 10 points.

Lachelle Bearcub scored 17 points and Riley Epperson scored 10 points for Lake Roosevelt.

Both teams were without a starter injured earlier this season.

Keya Fasthorse has been absent two months for the Raiders with a high ankle injury.

Meagan Moralez tore an ACL about three weeks go.

Oroville (51) – Martin 0, Nutt 0, Moralez 6, Miller 0, Walimaki 0, Jewett 10, Peters 0, Grunst 6, Hilderbrand 16, Scott 12, Smith 0, Todd 0.

Lake Roosevelt (38) – R. Epperson 10, A. Epperson 6, Adolph 0, Dick 2, Wilson 0, Bearcub 17, Ensminger 2, Matheson 0.

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