White River boys, girls aim at league basketball titles

As South Puget Sound League 2A teams head into the stretch drive, the White River High girls continue their quest for a perfect regular season while the Hornet boys are locked in a tight battle for the league’s No. 1 spot.

Both the White River boys and girls teams have been fixtures in the Class 2A’s Top 10 all season and are locks for postseason play. The only question is where they will finish.

The Hornet girls were a perfect 10-0 in SPSL 2A play (13-3 overall) through games of last weekend. Their only real challengers are the Sumner Spartans who trailed by just one game at 9-1, the only loss coming at White River.

White River’s boys  (also 13-3 through the weekend) were deadlocked with the Clover Park Warriors, each sporting a 9-1 record through last weekend. They’re even in head-to-head competition, the Hornets winning on their home court earlier in the season and Clover Park doing the same last week.

The Hornet girls are led by Kennedy Hobert, who heads the league in scoring at 17.7 points per game. Amanda Lance is third in the league at 11.2 and Kristen Sturdivan is sixth at 9.6. Dustin France leads the boys at 12.7 points per outing, followed by Brandon Dove at 12.1 and Alex Saylor at 9.2.

The Hornet teams hosted Franklin Pierce Tuesday and travel to challenge the Steilacoom Sentinels Friday. The regular season’s final games include a home contest Tuesday against Orting and a Feb. 1 trip to Sumner.


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