League-leading Hornets prepare for postseason

The White River High girls wrapped up a perfect South Puget Sound League 3A season with a Friday night victory over Enumclaw and now look forward to postseason play.

Megan McKune puts up a shot over Jessalyn Clark.

The White River High girls wrapped up a perfect South Puget Sound League 3A season with a Friday night victory over Enumclaw and now look forward to postseason play.

The Hornets’ subdistrict campaign kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when White River tackles Kennedy in a battle of the prep titans. The contest, at Auburn Mountainview High School, pairs the No. 1 Hornets of the SPSL 3A against the No. 1 Kennedy Lancers of the Seamount League.

Making things even more interesting is the fact that Kennedy is the top-ranked club in the state while White River is hovering in the top five.

The game is for seeding purposes only, with the winner headed to West Central District play as the subdistrict’s No. 1 seed and the loser going as No. 2.

“It’s a game you can go into pretty relaxed,” Hornet coach Chris Gibson said. “It would be nice to go (to districts) as No. 1, but it doesn’t make much difference.”

The Hornets will be one of 16 teams taking part in the district tournament, which will eventually send seven clubs to the Class 3A state tournament, to be contested March 11-14 in the Tacoma Dome.

White River, 19-1 overall, capped the regular season Friday with a 68-57 victory at Enumclaw.

The difference was the first quarter, when the Hornets jumped to a 20-8 lead, sparked by 3-point hoops by Kristina Quintanilla, Brooke Paulson and Kristine Brons. Enumclaw outscored White River during the course of the final three quarters.

Things became particularly interesting in the fourth period, when Enumclaw whittled White River’s lead to just four points at 61-57. White River responded in the clutch, however, when Brons, Sabra Sproul and Megan McKune went to the line and buried six straight free throws in the span of 44 seconds, pushing the lead back to double digits.

Gibson hoped the close game would prove beneficial in the long run.

“It’s good for us to have to handle some adversity,” he said.

Reach Kevin Hanson at khanson@courierherald.com or 360-802-8205.

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