Hornet girls nab big win over Fife

The White River High hoop programs – both the boys and girls teams – remained perfect in league play the evening of Dec. 20.

White River’s Georgia Lavinder tries to stop Fife’s advance during last Friday’s game. The Hornets came away with a 70-26 win. Photo by Kevin Hanson.

The White River High hoop programs – both the boys and girls teams – remained perfect in league play the evening of Dec. 20.

Playing a home-court doubleheader, the Hornet boys slipped past Fife High 58-52 before the Hornet girls demolished the Trojans 70-26.

With the victories, both White River programs improved to 5-0 in South Puget Sound League 2A action. The girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, remained perfect on the season, pushing their record to 7-0.

On the boys side, the Hornets and Trojans traded momentum throughout the evening. White River outscored its opponent in the first and third quarters, while Fife had the advantage in the second and fourth periods.

White River was paced offensively by Alex Wallen’s 15 points and Cameron Cawley’s 14.

The nightcap was a rout from the early stages, largely thanks to the prolific scoring of reigning league MVP Kendall Bird. The White River standout scored 12 points in the opening period as the Hornets jumped to a 15-7 lead.

A dozen unanswered points to open the second quarter put White River on top 27-7 and the game was never in doubt. Bird scored 10 points in the second period, on her way to a 33-point night.

Coach Chris Gibson was able to empty his bench in the blowout win and all 11 girls on the varsity roster cracked the scoring column.

The White River boys return to action tonight, Wednesday, with a nonleague contest against the Bonney Lake Panthers. The 7 p.m. game will be in the Panther gym. White River then takes a week off, getting ready for a Jan. 4 showdown against the Foss Falcons; the Hornets and Falcons are tied for the SPSL 2A lead. The game is at White River.

The Hornet girls finish the two-day Cloud 9 Christmas Tournament today, Wednesday, taking on the host, Lynden Christian High School. The squad is then off until Jan. 5 when they host Foss High in SPSL 2A action.

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