The White River Hornets placed fifth among 128 girls basketball teams at the prestigious San Diego Classic.
The Hornets won five of six games in the Class 2A division, with their only defeat coming Saturday night at the hands of Oaks Christian, a Los Angeles team that went on to claim the tournament title. The Hornets led Oaks Christian by a point at halftime, trailed by six late in the game and eventually had to start fouling. The L.A. crew took advantage and wound up winning 41-31.
White River opened with a Thursday, 58-33 victory over Campolindo, then picked up Friday wins over Scripps Ranch (31-25) and Seton Catholic (35-28). A Saturday morning victory against Torrey Pines (41-34) gave the Hornets the unenviable task of taking on Oaks Christian. White River capped a successful four days with a Sunday morning, 38-31 victory over Huntington Beach.
Five of the Hornets’ opponents are California schools; Seton Catholic is in Arizona.
This marked the 12th year in a row coach Chris Gibson has taken the Hornets to the San Diego tournament. The crew departed Seattle July 15, played a practice game that day, then competed in tournament games Thursday through Sunday. They returned home Sunday night.
Making the trip were the starting five of Megan McKune, Carley McCutchen, Brooke Paulson, Sabra Sproul and Cassidy France, along with Jessica Bush, Hailey Menzel, Kennedy Hobert, Joel Anderson and Kelsi Tyler.
Other Washington schools making a San Diego appearance and playing in the 2A division were Burlington-Edison, Chehalis, Gig Harbor and Wenatchee. The team from Monroe, Wash., competed in the 1A division.
The San Diego Classic is the largest tournament in the nation made up solely of high school teams, Gibson said.