White Swan downs Oroville, 60-32

Oroville Coach Mike Bourn talks to his girls during Wednesday's 2B girls district basketball game against White Swan.

Photo by Roger Harnack
Oroville Coach Mike Bourn talks to his girls during Wednesday's 2B girls district basketball game against White Swan.

— The White Swan girls took commanding control of the court in the second-half, blowing out Oroville, 60-32, in 2B district basketball action Wednesday.

The Cougars drew first blood after a steal, easy layup and a foul. And they never looked back.

“We panicked,” Oroville Coach Mike Bourn said after the game, noting the loss of key player Hannah Hilderbrand from fouls in the second quarter put the Hornets off-tempo.

“When we panic, it gets ugly,” he said. “We were in the game until then.”

Lilly Hilderbrand, Mikayala Scott and Kendall Miller put up 6 freethrows in a 30 second period to narrow the scoring gap in the second quarter.

But late second-quarter fouls handed the ball back to White Swan, which rolled up the points.

By half-time, the Cougar girls had a 29-11 lead despite a barrage of Hornet freethrows hitting their mark.

The Hornets posted 16 turnovers and missed 10 freethrows in the first half.

White Swan’s dominance took over as the Cougars held Oroville to 6 points in the third quarter, but scored 17 of its own. And at the end of three quarters, White Swan held a 43-17 lead.

The Cougars widened their gap to 32 points with only 3 minutes left in the game.

Trailing 58-26, Scott brought the ball up the court and Hilderbrand drew a foul to go to the freethrow line. After she sank one, White Swan grabbed the ball and raced up court, only to have an errant pass picked off.

Coach Mike Bourn called time out to try to give his girls advice to get back into the game.

“Defense,” he told his girls, while urging them to look for open teammates when they have the ball.

Hornet Tori Kindred drew a foul on a subsequent pass, but couldn’t sink a shot on the freethrow line.

After a trip up and back down the court, Kindred passed the ball to Hildebrand, who added 2 points to narrow the gap to 58-29.

But White Swan’s Brenda Rangel took a fast break coast-to-coast and gave the Cougars back a 32-point lead, 60-29.

Scott and Hilderbrand took a couple shots in the last 30 seconds of the game.

With time running out, Hilderbrand tossed a shot from half court to add 3 points at the buzzer.

“Against a good team like that, we can miss freethrows,” Bourn said.

The Hornets face Waterville in the next round of district Saturday.


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