WR girls set school record; league win streak at 61

They could make it 62 wins if they beat the league second-placer, Franklin Pierce, this week.

Hornet sophomore Kara Marecle applies defensive pressure against her Orting opponent on Dec. 14. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Hornet sophomore Kara Marecle applies defensive pressure against her Orting opponent on Dec. 14. Photo by Kevin Hanson

A White River High School record was shattered the evening of Dec. 11 when the Hornet girls basketball team won its 60th consecutive league game.

The impressive run of success includes undefeated league records in each of the past four seasons, plus this year’s 5-0 tally.

The last league defeat for the Hornet girls and Hall of Fame coach Chris Gibson came on the final night of league play during the 2013-14 campaign. A Feb. 7 contest brought White River its second loss of the season at the hands of the Sumner Spartans, who were in their final year of playing at the Class 2A level.

Contributing to the lengthy record of success were standouts like Amanda Lance, who was league MVP at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, when the current winning streak began, and went on to play at Western Washington; Kendall Bird, a 2017 graduate, two-time league MVP who is No. 1 on the White River career scoring list and now hoops for the University of San Diego; and the talented Lavinder twins, Georgia and Sophia, 2018 grads now on the roster at the University of Puget Sound.

Among others, they set the stage for last week’s victory that topped the previous school record of 59 consecutive league victories. That multi-season run ended in 2004.

The record-breaking, 60th straight win came on the White River court as the nightcap in a boys-girls doubleheader against Eatonville.

Any doubt about the outcome – and the record – was erased early, as the Hornets raced to a 20-4 lead over the Cruisers during the game’s initial quarter. The next eight minutes brought more of the same, with White River heading into halftime on the positive side of a lopsided 44-16 score.

Adding to the winning streak, White River made the short trip to Orting Dec. 14 and crushed the host Cardinals 80-39. Again, the end result was made clear early, with the Hornets leading 47-22 by halftime.

League-leading White River had an opportunity to make it 62 league wins in a row Tuesday night when they hosted second-place Franklin Pierce.

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