WR boys, girls sweep Patriots

White River’s boys built a 10-point halftime lead Thursday night

Chalk up another lopsided victory for the White River High girls.

The victim this time was the Washington High squad that traveled to Buckley Thursday night, only to get whacked 74-20 by a Hornet team that improved to 4-0 in South Puget Sound League 2A play, 5-1 overall.

How bad was the drubbing? The visiting Patriots went the entire first half without a field goal, collecting just seven points in 16 minutes, all from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, the powerful Hornets scored a whopping 29 points in the first quarter alone and headed to the locker room at intermission with a 51-7 lead.

Kendall Bird led all scorers with 17 points. Darian Gore, Kayla Howard and Sydney Andersen had 10 each to help fuel White River’s attack.

The dominance is nothing new. During their four league games, the Hornet girls have outscored their competition 275-84; on three occasions, the margin of victory was greater than 50 points.

The Hornet girls resume league play Jan. 5 when they host Steilacoom High. The holiday break features a trio of nonleague contests.

White River’s boys built a 10-point halftime lead Thursday night, increased the margin to 20 by the end of the third quarter, then coasted to a 68-56 triumph over the visiting Washington Patriots.

With the South Puget Sound League 2A victory, the Hornets improved to 3-1 in league play and 5-2 overall.

Tyler Meadows scored a season-high 24 points to pace the White River offense and was joined in double figures by Alex Wallen, who added 14.

White River took early control with an 8-0 run late in the first quarter and gradually pulled away during the second stanza. The third period belonged to the Hornets but Washington scrambled desperately during the final eight minutes and took advantage of White River errors to make things look respectable.

The Hornets’ winter break includes only a two-game tournament Dec. 29-30 at the Sun Dome in Yakima. White River is paired against King’s Way Christian on the opening day, then La Center. SPSL 2A play resumes Jan. 5 with a trip to Steilacoom to take on the Sentinels.