By Teren Kowatsch
Whitman County Gazette 

Wildcats remain at the top

Colton wins top-four game after second-half push by Oakesdale


January 26, 2023

Teren Kowatsch | The Gazette

Kaydee Heitstuman (left) puts a shot up through contact against Lucy Hockett (right) in a league game Jan. 20 in Colton.

COLTON - Washington's first-ranked girls 1B basketball team, the Colton Wildcats, faced 1B Southeast rival and fourth-ranked Oakesdale Nighthawks on Jan. 20 at home. The Wildcats survived a second-half push from the Nighthawks enroute to a 56-50 win.

Marilla Hockett hit a 3-pointer to give Oakesdale a 3-0 lead to start the game, which was immediately answered by Kyndra Stout to tie the game.

Colton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 9-3 lead, a lead that they would only continue to build until Oakesdale called a timeout with 3:55 left in the opening quarter, down 13-4. The timeout, in th...

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