Good news for girls: WR beats a tough No.4, Enumclaw wins a pair

The Hornets hosted their toughest early-season test Saturday and walked off the court victorious.

White River girls

The Hornets hosted their toughest early-season test Saturday and walked off the court victorious – but it didn’t come easy.

White River, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 2A statewide poll, went into overtime to defeat the No. 4-ranked girls from Black Hill High. The final margin was 74-69.

For most of the game, it appeared White River was up to the task. The Hornets took a 15-10 lead after one quarter and entered halftime with a 38-28 advantage. The home squad was still on top by eight points with just a quarter to play, but Black Hills rallied with a 23-point outburst during the final eight minutes to push the affair into extra minutes.

White River’s girls answered with a 9-4 advantage in OT to secure the win.

Kendall Bird, bound for the University of San Diego to play hoops in the fall, scored a game-high 20 points. That capped a prolific week for Bird, who tallied 90 points in three Hornet contests.

Georgia Lavinder added 13 points, including a crucial 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation that pushed things into overtime. Sofia Lavinder added a pair of 3-pointers in OT to help secure the win.

Enumclaw High girls

The EHS squad endured a seven-game losing streak to start the season, but snapped the skid in a big way, winning twice.

The Hornet girls used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Kentwood 45-44 on Saturday, a night after beating Thomas Jefferson 34-24. Friday’s contest was a North Puget Sound League 4A battle.

Jessica Cerne and Madison Bosik paced the EHS offense both nights. Cerne scored 17 points and Bosik had 10 on Saturday; they scored 11 each the night before.

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