Lady Raiders second in north league, third in district
The Lady Raiders finished the 2013-14 season Saturday with a second-place finish in the Central Washington 2B North and a third-place in the District 5-6 Tournament.
In overtime, Oroville ended the Lady Raiders' season in the district tournament in Wenatchee. Head Coach Wallace Pleasants said he is proud of the way the girls played this season despite all the injuries that affected the team.
Earlier in the week the Lady Raiders had defeated the Bridgeport Fillies for the third time this season. The Lady Raiders faced adversity Wednesday at Wenatchee as the Fillies double-, and at times, tripled-teamed Lachelle Bearcub. Another bit of adversity LR had to overcome was the knee injury suffered by Ashlee Semmens early in the game.
Bridgeport jumped out ahead 8-0 in the first quarter, but the Ladies adjusted and led for the rest of the game. Lake Roosevelt won, 46-37.
Pleasants "called a timeout early to remind the girls about maintaining their composure," he said, "and we went on a run."
Riley and Alana Epperson led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 16 points apiece. Bearcub scored five points against the Fillies.
The Lady Raiders then faced the Oroville Hornets on the Feb. 22 to decide which woud get the second berth into regional tournament.
Oroville jumped out ahead early and stayed ahead until the third quarter, when the Lady Raiders stiffened on defense and held the Hornets to just four points while scoring 11 themselves.
At the start of the fourth, with the score 26-23 in favor of LR, the Hornets came screaming back. LR answered back scoring points to keep it a close game. LR came into the quarter with foul trouble and players began to foul out. Still even with four of the five starters fouled out, Riley in overtime. the last starter, fouled out and the Lady Raiders ran out of steam, leading to the final score of 51-38 for the Horntes.
"Oroville game was probably one of our better games," Pleasants said. "Early on we didn't run our offense, just looking to shoot threes. After a timeout, we settled down and ran our sets, getting back into the game and even taking the lead in the third quarter."
Lachelle Bearcub led the team with 17 points, Riley Epperson was the next highest with 12.
R. Epperson 16, A. Epperson 16, Bearcub 5, Dick 3, Ensminger 0, Wilson 4, Picard 0, Semmens 1, Matheson 0, Moon 0, Adolph 0
A. Epperson 5, R. Epperson 12, Bearcub 17, Wilson 1, Ensminger 0, Picard 0, Adolph 0, Matheson 0, Dick 2, Moon 0